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Probable Pitchers

Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros

, Minute Maid Park
Jeremy Guthrie, RHP
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    Jeremy Guthrie, last 3 starts
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    Jeremy Guthrie, regular season
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    Jeremy Guthrie, last 5 years vs. HOU
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Career stats

Guthrie retired the last 12 batters he faced in cruising through seven, one-run innings last Wednesday to beat the Rays. He's won both starts this season and has gone eight straight April starts without a loss.

Dallas Keuchel, LHP
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    Dallas Keuchel, last 3 starts
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    Dallas Keuchel, last 5 years vs. KC
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Career stats

The lefty gave the Astros one of their best starting pitching performances of the season on Thursday in Toronto, allowing five hits and one earned run while striking out six batters in seven innings. He threw 101 pitches.

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Kansas City Royals vs. Houston Astros

, Minute Maid Park
Bruce Chen, LHP
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    Bruce Chen, last 3 starts
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    Bruce Chen, regular season
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    Bruce Chen, last 5 years vs. HOU
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Career stats

Chen was brilliant in his first start against the White Sox, but he struggled in his second outing vs. the Twins. He ran up 87 pitches in just 3 2/3 innings and only 48 were strikes. He was charged with six runs on seven hits and two walks.

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Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Ricky Nolasco, RHP
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    Ricky Nolasco, last 3 starts
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    Ricky Nolasco, last 5 years vs. KC
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Career stats

Nolasco will look to handle the Royals again after stifling their bats for a run on five hits over eight innings in a victory on April 12. This will be his first start at Kauffman Stadium.

James Shields, RHP
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    James Shields, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Career stats

Shields had a rough time against the Twins last Saturday, giving up seven runs (one earned) in the first two innings, but hanging on into the sixth and 115 pitches. Because of two errors (one his own), his ERA actually dipped from 2.70 to 2.37.

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Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Kevin Correia, RHP
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    Kevin Correia, last 3 starts
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    Kevin Correia, last 5 years vs. KC
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Career stats

Correia tossed seven quality innings in a no-decision against the Royals last Sunday, surrendering three runs on six hits. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA in his career at Kauffman Stadium.

Jason Vargas, LHP
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    Jason Vargas, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Career stats

Despite three outstanding starts and a 1.64 ERA, Vargas personally, and the Royals as a team, have just one win to show for it. In seven innings Sunday, he held the Twins to five hits and two runs on Josmil Pinto's homer. Now he gets another shot.

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Minnesota Twins vs. Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Phil Hughes, RHP
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    Phil Hughes, last 3 starts
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    Phil Hughes, regular season
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    Phil Hughes, last 5 years vs. KC
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Career stats

Hughes pitched well through five innings against the Blue Jays on Tuesday, but it all unraveled in the sixth. He ended up giving up four runs on eight hits and a walk with seven strikeouts.

Yordano Ventura, RHP
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    Yordano Ventura, last 3 starts
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    Yordano Ventura, last 5 years vs. MIN
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Career stats

The hard-throwing righty scored his first career win against the Astros on Tuesday with a composed seven innings of four-hit ball. His overwhelming fastball has helped him record 30 strikeouts in four career outings.

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