Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals Preview and Predictions 06-19-2017 by Gracenote finished Kauffman Stadium Kansas City, Missouri, USA Mon Jun 19 08:15 PM (915) Boston Red Sox RL: (+1.5) +170ML: +110O: +(8.5) -300 35 % (487 bets) 2 (916) Kansas City Royals RL: (-1.5) -220ML: -140U: +(8.5) -300 65 % (898 bets) 4 MATCHUP BOXSCORES PREVIEW CONSENSUS RECAP TRENDS TICKETS GAME 4 PREMIUM PICKs Boston Red Sox at Kansas City Royals Preview and Predictions by Gracenote on 06/19/2017 The Kansas City Royals steadily are climbing back into the race in the American League Central and look to continue their surge when they open a six-game homestand Monday against the Boston Red Sox. The Royals have won seven of their last eight contests, closing within 3 Â½ games of first-place Cleveland, and belted 18 homers on their 7-2 road trip that ended with Sunday's 7-3 win at the Los Angeles Angels.Salvador Perez belted a three-run homer Sunday to extend his hitting streak to 10 games (17-for-40) while Lorenzo Cain has hit safely in six straight (11-for-24) for Kansas City, which meets Boston for the first time this season after taking four of six in 2016. Jason Hammel tries to keep the Royals on the rise with a third straight win as he faces 28-year-old rookie Hector Velasquez of the Red Sox, who are 3-2 on their eight-game road trip. Boston took two of three at major league-best Houston over the weekend, including a 6-5 victory on Sunday in which Xander Bogaerts snapped out of a mini-slump by going 3-for-4 with four RBIs. The Red Sox, who have won seven of their last 10 games, moved into a virtual tie with the rival New York Yankees for first place in the AL East after Sundayâ€™s victory.TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, NESN (Boston), FSN Kansas CityPITCHING MATCHUP: Red Sox RH Hector Velazquez (1-1, 6.48 ERA) vs. Royals RH Jason Hammel (3-6, 5.05)Velazquez makes his second major-league start after holding Philadelphia scoreless on one hit and one walk over 3 1/3 innings on Wednesday to record the victory in relief. The Mexican gave up six runs and nine hits - including three homers - over five frames against Oakland on May 18 in his first career start. Velazquez, who had his contract purchased from a Mexican League team in February, has gone 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA in nine turns with Triple-A Pawtucket this season.Hammel is starting to put things together with three consecutive quality starts to open the month, recording a pair of wins and a 2.21 ERA in that stretch. The 34-year-old native of South Carolina has struck out 15 and walked just one in 20 1/3 innings during June after issuing a season high-tying four free passes in his last start of May against Detroit. Hanley Ramirez is 6-for-13 with a homer versus Hammel, who is 1-3 with a 4.61 ERA in 13 career appearances (six starts) versus the Red Sox.WALK-OFFS1. Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia is tied with Wade Boggs (687) for 17th on the franchiseâ€™s all-time RBI list and three behind Nomar Garciaparra for 16th.2. Kansas City 3B Mike Moustakas, who registered a three-run double on Sunday, is one shy of 100 homers for his career.3. Red Sox RF Mookie Betts has gone 8-for-20 during his five-game hitting streak and CF Jackie Bradley Jr. has hit safely in nine of his last 10 (13-for-37).PREDICTION: Royals 6, Red Sox 4 Major League Baseball , baseball Line Up LINEUP AWAY AWAY Hector VelazquezPitching order:1 Fernando AbadPitching order:2 Blaine BoyerPitching order:3 Robby ScottPitching order:4 Austin MaddoxPitching order:5 Andrew BenintendiBatting order:2 Slot:1Position: Left Outfield (LF) Sandy LeonBatting order:8 Slot:3Position: Catcher (C) Christian VazquezBatting order:9 Slot:1Position: Catcher (C)2nd Position: (3B) Josh RutledgeBatting order:7 Slot:1Position: Second Base (2B) Chris YoungBatting order:8 Slot:2Position: Pinch Hitter (PH) Jackie Bradley Jr.Batting order:6 Slot:1Position: Center Outfield (CF) Mookie BettsBatting order:1 Slot:1Position: Right Outfield (RF) Pablo SandovalBatting order:8 Slot:1Position: Third Base (3B) Xander BogaertsBatting order:3 Slot:1Position: Shortstop (SS) Mitch MorelandBatting order:4 Slot:1Position: First Base (1B) Hanley RamirezBatting order:5 Slot:1Position: Designated Hitter (DH) Odds POINT SPREAD ODDS America's Bookie williamhill bet365 gtbets guts sportsinteraction topbet Boston Red Sox @ Kansas City Royals (-1.5) 155(1.5) -185 (1.5) -200(-1.5) 170 (1.5) -200(-1.5) 170 (1.5) -190(-1.5) 165 (-1.5) 145(1.5) -182 (1.5) -190(-1.5) 160 (1.5) -210(-1.5) 175 MONEY LINE ODDS America's Bookie williamhill bet365 gtbets guts sportsinteraction topbet Boston Red Sox @ Kansas City Royals 102-112 -110-110 -111-111 -105-105 -105-111 -110-110 -105-105 OVER UNDER ODDS America's Bookie williamhill bet365 gtbets guts sportsinteraction topbet Boston Red Sox @ Kansas City Royals Over: Under: (9.5) -115-105 (9.5) -115-105 (9.5) -116-105 (9.5) -110-110 (9.5) -118-105 (9.5) -120100 (9.5) -105-115 Tweet Comment about boston red sox at kansas city royals preview and predictions MLB Related News MLB Weekend Series Betting Report and Free Pick | St. Louis at Chicago 07/21/2017 08:00 A closer look at the weekend series at Wrigley, with series winner. 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