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Probable Pitchers

Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics

, O.co Coliseum
Jason Vargas, LHP
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    Jason Vargas, last 3 starts
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    Jason Vargas, last 5 years vs. OAK
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Vargas returns from the disabled list after missing more than three weeks with an appendectomy. His last start came on July 8, a 4-3 loss to the Rays, in which he allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Jon Lester, LHP
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Kansas City Royals @ Oakland Athletics

, O.co Coliseum
James Shields, RHP
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    James Shields, last 3 starts
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    James Shields, regular season
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The selective Twins made Shields drive up his pitch count quickly on Tuesday night and when he reached 124 - just two shy of his all-time high - in the sixth inning he was through despite allowing just two runs. He hasn't won since July 7.

Scott Kazmir, LHP
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    Scott Kazmir, last 3 starts
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    Scott Kazmir, regular season
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Sunday wasn't one of Kazmir's finer outings, but he still won after allowing two runs on seven hits -- including a home run -- and two walks with two strikeouts in five innings against the Rangers. He's 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA in his past five starts.

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Kansas City Royals @ Arizona Diamondbacks

, Chase Field
Danny Duffy, LHP
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Duffy walked a career-high six Twins, but only allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings of a 3-2 Royals win on Wednesday. He has surrendered two or fewer runs in eight of his last nine starts.

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Kansas City Royals @ Arizona Diamondbacks

, Chase Field
Yordano Ventura, RHP
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    Yordano Ventura, regular season
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The rookie secured his eighth win of the season, with a seven-inning, two-run (one earned) performance against the Twins on Thursday. Ventura struck out seven batters for the second straight start.

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