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Probable Pitchers

Cleveland Indians @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Scott Kazmir, LHP
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    Scott Kazmir, last 3 starts
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    Scott Kazmir, last 5 years vs. KC
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Kazmir gave up three earned runs on nine hits in four innings against the Royals on Wednesday, taking the loss. The left-hander is 4-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 14 career starts against Kansas City.

James Shields, RHP
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    James Shields, last 5 years vs. CLE
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Shields has won five of his past six decisions and snapped back from a pounding by the Tigers to beat the Tribe in his last start, holding it to four hits and two runs over eight. In six of his past seven starts, Shields has gone at least seven.

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Cleveland Indians @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Corey Kluber, RHP
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    Corey Kluber, last 5 years vs. KC
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Kluber yielded two runs on six hits in five innings against the White Sox Thursday. In two starts since returning from a sprained right middle finger, he is 2-0 with a 3.60 ERA. He is 2-0 with a 4.44 ERA in four career starts against the Royals.

Yordano Ventura, RHP
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    Yordano Ventura, last 5 years vs. CLE
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Replacing Danny Duffy who has a mild flexor strain, Ventura will make his much-anticipated Major League debut. He pitched 26 games for Triple-A Omaha and Double-A Northwest Arkansas, going a combined 8-6 with a 3.14 ERA and 155 K's in 134 2/3 frames.

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Cleveland Indians @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Danny Salazar, RHP
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    Danny Salazar, last 5 years vs. KC
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Salazar most recently took a no-decision, going 3 2/3 scoreless frames vs. the White Sox while allowing four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. The rookie has a 1.57 ERA over his last five starts and makes his first career start vs. the Royals.

Bruce Chen, LHP
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Chen looked good for three innings, then lost his touch on the corners and grooved some pitches to the Tigers on Friday. He lasted just 4 1/3 innings after beating them five days earlier.

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Texas Rangers @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Martin Perez, LHP
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Perez suffered a loss despite a quality start for the second time in his career Sunday. He allowed all three runs on two home runs but went 6 1/3 innings. He has consecutive losses after winning six straight starts.

Ervin Santana, RHP
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    Ervin Santana, last 5 years vs. TEX
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Santana was sharp last Saturday night at Detroit, firing 6 2/3 scoreless innings. He departed after just 83 pitches and because the bullpen was rested it finished the 1-0 victory. The win ended the righty's seven-start winless streak.

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