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Astros-Royals Preview

Jun 14, 2010 - 6:50 PM By ANTHONY GIORNALISTA STATS Senior Writer

Houston (25-39) at Kansas City (27-37), 8:10 p.m. EDT

The Kansas City Royals have to hope an off day doesn't hurt the momentum they've built. They may need to be sharp again with Kyle Davies set to take the mound.

Following an impressive weekend at the plate, the Royals may end up having to overcome yet another poor start from Davies as they open a three-game series with the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.

In a matchup of two of the majors' worst teams, Kansas City (27-37) has been the better club of late. While the Astros (25-39) were swept by the Yankees over the weekend, the Royals won two of three from NL Central-leading Cincinnati.

Kansas City has averaged 6.8 runs en route to winning three of four. In their previous 11 contests, the Royals were held to three runs or fewer seven times.

Billy Butler set season highs with four hits and four RBIs Kansas City's 7-3 win Sunday. He had a home run and a double, giving him seven hits in his last eight at-bats.

"We've had a stretch of games where we haven't scored a lot of runs," Butler said. "I hadn't been able to get the pitchers to come to me. They were pitching me tough - pounding me inside."

Butler is batting .462 (12 for 26) with a homer, four doubles and five RBIs in six interleague games this season.

Royals outfielder David DeJesus delivered three hits, including a homer, and four runs. DeJesus is hitting .398 with 17 RBIs over his last 24 games.

Jason Kendall, though, is mired in a 1-for-28 slump for Kansas City. The veteran catcher is 3 for 21 against NL opponents this season.

After catching a gem from Zack Greinke, Kendall will likely be Davies' batterymate. Davies (4-5, 5.48 ERA) has been terrible over his last three starts, going 1-2 with an 8.62 ERA.

The right-hander surrendered five runs and eight hits while walking five in 6 2-3 innings of a 6-2 loss to Minnesota on Wednesday.

Davies has never faced the Astros.

Houston will give the ball to Felipe Paulino (1-7, 3.82), who is 1-1 over his last five starts despite a 1.75 ERA, and has gotten an average of 2.0 runs to work with. The right-hander gave up two runs and struck out seven in eight innings of a 6-2, 10-inning win over Colorado on Wednesday.

Paulino has lasted eight innings in each of his last three outings.

"He's throwing the ball extremely well and doing a great job," manager Brad Mills told the Astros' official website. "As a team, we're 4-1 in his last five starts. Even though he's maybe not getting the W's, he's keeping us in there and going deep into the games and giving our bullpen some rest."

This is Paulino's first appearance against the Royals.

Slumping first baseman Lance Berkman will likely be back in the lineup after sitting out Sunday's 9-5 loss in New York. Berkman is 1 for 23 over his last six games.

The five-time All-Star is hitting .421 with six homers and 21 RBIs in 15 games versus the Royals.

Kansas City won two of three at Houston last season.






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    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY JEFF KEPPINGER ALLOWED MIKE AVILES TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, S PODSEDNIK ON FIRST, M MAIER ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 7
    KANSAS CITY 15 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J KENDALL (.263, 0-FOR-5)

    Astros 7, Royals 15  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 15 11:17 PM


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    FORCE OUT BY MIKE AVILES SCORED WILLIE BLOOMQUIST
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M AVILES ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 7
    KANSAS CITY 14 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M MAIER (.270, 2-FOR-2, 2 BB, RBI)

    Astros 7, Royals 14  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 15 11:13 PM


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    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY ALBERTO CALLASPO SCORED BILLY BUTLER
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A CALLASPO ON FIRST, J GUILLEN ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 7
    KANSAS CITY 13 BOTTOM,8TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M AVILES (.323, 4-FOR-4, 3 RBI)

    Astros 7, Royals 13  Bot 8, 0 OutsJun 15 11:11 PM


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    AT KANSAS CITY - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JASON MICHAELS (3) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 8TH OFF VICTOR MARTE.
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 7, KANSAS CITY 12
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H QUINTERO (.262, 0-FOR-2, SAC)

    Astros 7, Royals 12  Top 8, 0 OutsJun 15 11:01 PM


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    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M AVILES ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    KANSAS CITY 12 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M MAIER (.265, 1-FOR-1, 2 BB, RBI)

    Astros 6, Royals 12  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 15 10:37 PM


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    WILD PITCH BY CASEY DAIGLE ALLOWED BILLY BUTLER TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    KANSAS CITY 11 BOTTOM,6TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J GUILLEN (.260, 0-FOR-2)

    Astros 6, Royals 11  Bot 6, 0 OutsJun 15 10:32 PM


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    SITUATION: 7 RUNS IN, S PODSEDNIK ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    KANSAS CITY 10 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J KENDALL (.266, 0-FOR-3)

    Astros 6, Royals 10  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 15 10:14 PM


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    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, Y BETANCOURT ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    KANSAS CITY 9 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: S PODSEDNIK (.283, 1-FOR-2, SF, RBI)

    Astros 6, Royals 9  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 15 10:09 PM
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    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M AVILES ON FIRST, A CALLASPO ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    KANSAS CITY 6 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M MAIER (.265, 1-FOR-1, BB, RBI)

    Astros 6, Royals 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 15 10:04 PM


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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, A CALLASPO ON FIRST, J GUILLEN ON SECOND, B
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    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    KANSAS CITY 4 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: M AVILES (.313, 2-FOR-2)

    Astros 6, Royals 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 15 10:02 PM
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    Astros 6, Royals 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsJun 15 9:49 PM


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    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M BOURN ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 6
    KANSAS CITY 3 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J KEPPINGER (.290, 0-FOR-2)

    Astros 6, Royals 3  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 15 9:27 PM


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    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 4
    KANSAS CITY 3 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H QUINTERO (.264, 0-FOR-1)

    Astros 4, Royals 3  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 15 9:20 PM


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    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, P FELIZ ON FIRST, H PENCE ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 3
    KANSAS CITY 3 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J MICHAELS (.180, 0-FOR-1)

    Astros 3, Royals 3  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 15 9:16 PM


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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C LEE ON FIRST, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 2
    KANSAS CITY 3 TOP,4TH
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: H PENCE (.260, 0-FOR-0, BB)

    Astros 2, Royals 3  Top 4, 0 OutsJun 15 9:13 PM


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    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1
    KANSAS CITY 3 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J KENDALL (.268, 0-FOR-1)

    Astros 1, Royals 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 15 8:52 PM


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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M MAIER ON SECOND, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1
    KANSAS CITY 2 BOTTOM,2ND
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: Y BETANCOURT (.281, 5 HR, 28 RBI)

    Astros 1, Royals 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsJun 15 8:46 PM


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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, P FELIZ ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 1
    KANSAS CITY 1 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR HOUSTON: J MICHAELS (.183, 2 HR, 5 RBI)

    Astros 1, Royals 1  Top 2, 0 OutsJun 15 8:39 PM


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    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BUTLER ON FIRST, D DEJESUS ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: HOUSTON 0
    KANSAS CITY 1 BOTTOM,1ST
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J GUILLEN (.262, 13 HR, 41 RBI)

    Astros 0, Royals 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsJun 15 8:26 PM