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MLB BASEBALL

Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics

The Kansas City Royals and the Oakland Athletics will both be trying to pick up a win on Sunday when they battle at O.co Coliseum.

The Royals will trot James Shields out to the mound in this one. Right hander Shields has a 9-6 record and a 3.50 ERA this season.

It'll be Scott Kazmir toeing the rubber for the Athletics in this contest. Left hander Kazmir is 12-3 with a 2.37 ERA so far this season.

Oddsmakers opened the Athletics as -159-moneyline favorites versus the Royals, while the game's total opened at 7

Last time out for Kansas City, they were a 8-3 loser as they battled the Athletics on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Athletics at -168 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Kansas City:
Team record: 56-53
Kansas City is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Kansas City's last 18 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Kansas City's last 7 games on the road
Kansas City is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Oakland

Oakland:
Team record: 67-42
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games
Oakland is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Oakland's last 9 games at home
Oakland is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Kansas City

Next up:
Kansas City at Arizona Tuesday, August 5
Oakland home to Tampa Bay Monday, August 4