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Toronto at Kansas City

Venue: Kauffman Stadium
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The Toronto Blue Jays have been consistently inconsistent through their first 14 contests this season, alternating between two consecutive wins and two losses in a row.

Another matchup with the struggling Kansas City Royals might help them finally break that pattern.

While the Blue Jays will seek a season-high third straight win Sunday, the Royals will attempt to avoid both the longest home losing streak in their history and their longest skid in four seasons.

Toronto (8-6) has had plenty of difficulty getting into a groove, but a visit to Kansas City could provide the cure. After a one-run victory in Friday's series opener, the Blue Jays pulled away for a decisive 9-5 win Saturday with help from Colby Rasmus.

The center fielder hit a pair of homers for the third time in his career and drove in four runs. Edwin Encarnacion also homered and finished with three hits and three RBIs.

"(Rasmus) has been in a good place for quite a while," manager John Farrell told the Blue Jays' official website. "We're seeing the average ... and the overall production continue to climb. I think he feels comfortable."

The Blue Jays had a season-high 14 hits Friday, and matched their season high in runs while sending the Royals (3-11) to a ninth consecutive defeat. Kansas City also dropped to 0-8 at Kauffman Stadium, adding to the worst home start in franchise history, and suffered its ninth straight loss there overall to tie a club record.

"Just keep pluggin'," manager Ned Yost told the team's official website. "They're good enough to find a way to break out of it, and when they do they're going to score a bunch of runs and this streak will be way in the rear-view mirror."

Kansas City hasn't dropped 10 in a row overall since July 10-24, 2009. Danny Duffy (1-1, 2.13 ERA) will try to help prevent that dubious feat with another solid outing.

The left-hander was outdueled by reigning AL MVP Justin Verlander during a 3-2 loss to Detroit on Monday - giving up all three runs on a pair of homers - after allowing one hit over six innings of a 3-0 win in Oakland on April 10.

Duffy was tagged for five runs and eight hits over four innings in his only matchup with Toronto, a 9-8 home loss last June 8.

His counterpart for Sunday's game, fellow southpaw Ricky Romero (2-0, 3.72), has been steady against the Royals, allowing three runs in each of his three matchups. He threw eight innings in his only visit to Kansas City last June 9 but was on the wrong end of a 3-2 defeat.

Romero is seeking his third win in as many starts after he got plenty of help in a 7-3 victory over Tampa Bay on Tuesday. He gave up three runs and scattered eight hits over six innings.

Romero is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three total starts against Kansas City.

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Probable Starters

Ricky Romero, LHP
2012 stats
19.1 Innings Pitched 12.2
2-0 Wins-Losses 1-1
3.72 Earned Run Average 2.13
8 Walks 5
13 Strikeouts 15
0.0 Pitches Per Start 0.0
Career vs. opponent
21.0 Innings Pitched 4.0
1-1 Wins-Losses 0-1
3.86 Earned Run Average 11.25

Danny Duffy, LHP
Weather
weather image  More sun than clouds. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
60°F45°F13mph/N55%8%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Toronto2nd AL East4945.5212 ½ 4-6 W 1
Kansas City2nd AL Central4745.5116 ½ 4-6 L 2
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Danny Duffy
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Bautista32000.667
Arencibia000000
Cordero000000
Davis100100
Drabek000000
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Ricky Romero
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Gordon111201.000
Moustakas220101.000
Butler84021.500
Hosmer73000.429
Maier41000.250
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Toronto -125 Kansas City 115
Injuries
Toronto
PlayerInjury
E. EncarnacionQuadriceps
C. GillespieRib
M. IzturisKnee
M. KawasakiHamstring
B. LawrieFinger
A. LindFoot
B. MorrowFinger
N. ReimoldCalf
Kansas City
PlayerInjury
A. GordonWrist
L. HochevarElbow
D. ValenciaHand, wrist
J. VargasAppendectomy
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Mar 31DETDET 4-3Nathan Davis 
Apr 2DETDET 2-1Alburquerque Collins 
Apr 3DETPPD   
May 2KCDET 8-2Porcello Shields 
May 3KCDET 9-2Smyly Duffy 
May 4KCDET 9-4Verlander Vargas 
Jun 16DETKC 11-8Vargas Verlander 
Jun 17DETKC 11-4Ventura Scherzer 
Jun 18DETKC 2-1Guthrie Smyly 
Jun 19DETDET 2-1Sanchez Duffy 
Jul 10KCDET 16-4Smyly Guthrie 
Jul 11KCDET 2-1  
Jul 12KC 7:10 PM EDT  
Jul 13KC 2:10 PM EDT  
Sep 8DET 4:08 PM EDT  
Sep 9DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 10DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 19KC 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 20KC 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 21KC 2:10 PM EDT