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Blue Jays vs. Royals: Kansas City Continues Search for First Home Victory

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 21:  First baseman Eric Hosmer #35 of the Kansas City Royals hits a home run in the fifth inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium on April 21, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)
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Jeff GrantContributor IApril 23, 2012

The Toronto Blue Jays (9-6) will look to finish off a four-game road sweep of the Kansas City Royals (3-12) inside Kauffman Stadium on Monday night, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 ET.

Las Vegas oddsmakers have established the Royals as slight -110 home favorites, while the total stands at eight. 

Toronto has won the first three games despite any major contributions from slugging outfielder Jose Bautista. Bautista has managed just two hits in 10 at-bats in this series and has not homered in his last 32 at-bats inside this ballpark.

Brandon Morrow (0-1, 4.50 ERA), who will be looking to register his first win, is making his fourth start of the season coming off a 12-2 home loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on April 18. He allowed six runs on eight hits and served up three home runs in six frames.

The Blue Jays right-hander is scheduled to make his 10th career appearance (fifth start) versus the Royals. He has compiled a 2-4 record and 5.33 ERA, including an 0-3 mark and 5.93 ERA in six outings (two starts), at Kauffman Stadium.

Sports bettors will find that the Blue Jays are 10-1 in Morrow's last 11 road starts with a total of 7.0 to 8.5, while the "over" is 7-1-1 in the team's last nine games overall.

Kansas City will try to close out its 10-game homestand with its first victory in front of the home fans, as the youthful squad is already 6.5 games back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League Central division.

Bruce Chen (0-1, 2.00 ERA) has received just five combined runs of support in his first three starts, coming off a 3-1 home loss to the Detroit Tigers on April 17. The left-hander surrendered two runs and six hits in seven strong innings in that effort.

The 34-year-old will be making his 14th lifetime appearance (ninth start) against the Blue Jays, tallying a winning 4-2 mark and 2.87 ERA, which includes a 6-4 road win on Aug. 23.

The Royals are 4-1 in Chen's last five starts as a home favorite of -110 to -150, while the "under" is 3-1-1 in that situation.

Weather forecasts are suggesting sunny skies and game-time temperatures in the mid-60s, with a 5-10 MPH breeze out of the northwest throughout the game (left to right).

Total players will find that the "over" was 6-3 in these wind conditions at Kauffman Stadium in 2011.

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