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James Shields vs Scott Diamond Battle Sees Minnesota Fall 7-2

Kansas City got 6 innings of work from James Shields en route to a 7-2 victory over Minnesota on Thursday at Target Field.

Kansas City was favored by -160 and came through for bettors backing them. The game went OVER the consensus closing total of 7.5.

Kansas City got 6 innings from James Shields, who gave up 2 earned runs on 5 hits, while striking out 4. He earned the victory, while the Royals got 2 RBIs from Billy Butler in the win.

Minnesota's starting pitcher Scott Diamond worked 5 innings, giving up 9 hits and 6 earned runs while striking out 1 in the loss. They got 2 hits from Justin Morneau in a losing cause.

The battle of the bats favored Kansas City as they had 11 hits, while Minnesota only had 5.

Next game, Kansas City takes its act on the road to face New York looking for another win. For Minnesota, they head home to face Houston.