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Start: June 27, 2013 - 8:10 PM
Capper: Bryan Power
Offered at: 5dimes @ -121 Minnesota
1* Minnesota (8:10 ET): Kansas City won for just the second time in seven games w/ a surprise 4-3 win vs Atlanta on Wednesday. Now they travel to Minnesota to face a Twins team whom they've beaten five of six meetings this season, but they are running into a pitcher that has had their number in two previous starts. Because of that and other reasons, I like the Twins at home in this one.....
Homefield advantage means a lot here, at least as far as I'm concerned. All six games played between these two American League Central Division teams this season have been in Kauffman Stadium. The Royals are not a particular formidable road team at just 17-20 for the year. The Twins are 19-17 at Target Field, averaging 4.6 runs per game. This will be Minnesota's first game back home since sweeping the White Sox here last week.
Perhaps no player on the field will benefit more from the homefield advantage than Twins starter Sam Deduno, who carries a perfect 7-0 team start record in night games at Target Field since the start of last season. He has also won both home starts in 2013, posting a 1.93 ERA and 1.000 WHIP. In two career starts vs. Kansas City, one of them coming this year, he has a 0.73 ERA. Earlier in this year, he became the only Twins starter to defeat the Royals in 2013 by pitching six scoreless innings. 1* Minnesota.
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