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Game 51 Thread: Cleveland vs. Kansas City Finale

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The Royals can pick up an important series against an AL Central foe with a win.

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The Minnesota Twins, winners of 9 of their last 12 games, have roared to a 31-21 record. The Detroit Tigers have lost 7 games in a row and 10 of their last 12 games. The Kansas City Royals, losers of 6 of their last 8 games, rose to a 30-20 record after last night's victory against the Cleveland Indians. If the Royals can turn it around soon, they will be able to pull ahead of a Twins team which has almost certainly peaked with a comfortable lead against the dangerous Detroit Tigers.

The Royals can start that tonight with a victory against the Indians. Though Kansas City has traditionally struggled with Cleveland in the past decade, they own a 5-3 record against the pre-season American League Central favorites. A win tonight helps keep the dangerous team at bay, as they are still talented and a possible threat to Kansas City's quest for the divisional crown.

The Royals line up like this tonight:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tonight's <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Royals?src=hash">#Royals</a> lineup vs. Cleveland at 7:10 CT on <a href="https://twitter.com/FSKansasCity">@FSKansasCity</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/MLBTV">@MLBTV</a> & <a href="https://twitter.com/610SportsKC">@610SportsKC</a>. <a href="http://t.co/pUsHKiGzbS">http://t.co/pUsHKiGzbS</a> <a href="http://t.co/enFjXqBad5">pic.twitter.com/enFjXqBad5</a></p>— #VoteRoyals (@Royals) <a href="https://twitter.com/Royals/status/606554074608107520">June 4, 2015</a></blockquote>
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To duel for the Royals in the starting pitching department is Chris 'Spider' Young, who will probably have a much smoother time in spacious Kauffman Stadium than his last outing in Yankee Stadium, Jr. The Indians will counter with Trevor 'Jack' Bauer, who is in his fourth season in the big leagues but is still only 24 years old. Bauer is finally putting a nice season together, and he has career best strikeout and walk rates.

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