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The New York Yankees visit the Kansas City Royals Thursday for an American League showdown. The current line on top sportsbooks has New York favored at -115, Kansas City at +105 and the over/under run total on 8.5.

Entering this game, New York has an overall record of 24-13 and 11-7 on the road. The Yankees are 6-4 in their past 10 games played. Kansas City on the season is 16-23 overall and 11-11 at home. The Royals are 6-4 in their past 10 games played.

The Yankees arrive in Kansas City as American League leaders in several offensive categories and have increased those numbers at the expense of the pitching staff of the Royals. New York has won the first two games of this three-game set by a combined 18-8.

In Wednesday’s win, the Yankees reached double figures in scoring for the eighth time, which leads the majors and is one fewer than all of last season. The top four hitters for the Yankees were 9 for 18 while the fifth through ninth hitters combined for 9 RBIs.

Kansas City hopes that Danny Duffy can cool off the hot bats of the Yankees, but the Royals southpaw has gone over a month without winning a game and has struggled versus New York during his career with a record of 1-2 and an ERA of 7.29.

On the season, Duffy is 2-3 with an ERA of 3.38. New York will counter with Jordan Montgomery. The Yankees left-hander is 2-2 with an ERA of 4.19 on the season.

Montgomery had 7 strikeouts in his last outing against Houston, but suffered the loss surrendering 8 hits and 4 runs in his six innings of work. Montgomery has 33 strikeouts in his 34 plus innings of work.

New York second baseman Starlin Castro joined former Yankees player Alfonso Soriano as the only two Yankees with 18 or more multi-hit games after the first 37 games of the season.

Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez has had at least one hit in 10 of his past 11 games including a home run in Wednesday’s loss.

New York’s Aaron Hicks has hit 7 home runs this season, which is just 4 shy of a career high and one less than he hit all of last season.

New York is 8-1 in its past 9 games on the road.

Kansas City is 2-6 in its past 8 games played on Thursday.

With this free pick, we like New York to win.

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Thursday, May 18th, 2017 2017, Baseball

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