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The division rival Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals are set to renew hostilities on Thursday when they meet at Kauffman Stadium.

The Indians will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Ubaldo Jimenez in this game. Jimenez has a 6-4 record and a 4.63 ERA this season.

Meanwhile, it'll be James Shields who starts for the Royals. Righthander Shields is 3-6 with a 2.99 ERA so far this season.

The Indians were a 6-5 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Royals. That made winners of bettors who got Kansas City at -110 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors.

Current streak:
Cleveland has won 5 straight games.

Team records:
Cleveland: 45-38 SU
Kansas City: 38-42 SU

A few trends to consider:
Cleveland5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games
Cleveland5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Cleveland5-1-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Kansas City
Cleveland is 4-7-1 SU in its last 12 games ,when playing on the road against Kansas City
Kansas City is 4-8-1 SU in its last 13 games ,
Kansas City is 2-4-1 SU in its last 7 games ,at home
Kansas City is 1-3-1 SU in its last 5 games ,when playing at home against Cleveland
Kansas City is 1-5-1 SU in its last 7 games ,when playing Cleveland

Next up:
Cleveland home to Detroit, Friday, July 5
Kansas City home to Oakland, Friday, July 5