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Tuesday, August 27th (All times Eastern)

Kansas City Royals (66-64) at Minnesota Twins (57-72), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - James Shields (8-8, 3.22) Minnesota - Kevin Correia (8-10,4.52)

(Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals try to continue their recent mastery of the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday when they start a three-game series against their American League Central foes at Target Field.

Kansas City, which is trying for its first winning season since 2003, has beaten the Twins in 12 of the 16 matchups this season and has already claimed its first season series against them since 2003.

While the Royals enter this matchup two games above .500, they find themselves on the outside looking in at the AL playoff race, as they are 10 1/2 games back in the division and seven behind in the wild card chase.

Kansas City, though, plays its next 10 games against teams with a losing record.

The Royals may have sent a message to the rest of the AL on Monday with an emphatic, 11-1, win over the Tampa Bay Rays in a makeup game from a rainout in early May. Billy Butler finished 3-for-3 with a solo homer, three RBI and three runs scored for Kansas City in that one, as the Royals won their second straight after a seven-game slide.

"We were bound to score some runs after having a tough stretch," Butler said. "Everybody wants to make something out of it, but it's just part of the season. The guys in here never panicked and won't continue. Nothing comes as a surprise for us."

Hoping for that same type of support on Tuesday will be veteran right-hander James Shields, who has won four of his last six starts and is 8-8 with a 3.22 ERA. Shields did not get a decision on Thursday against Chicago, as he allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings. He also struck out eight without walking a batter in his team's 4-3 loss.

Since losing to the Twins on Aug. 6, he has a 2.14 ERA in three starts. Shields is 6-3 lifetime against Minnesota with a 4.45 ERA in 14 starts.

Minnesota, meanwhile, has lost eight of 11 and will turn to righty Kevin Correia on Tuesday. Correia dropped his fourth decision in five chances on Wednesday in Detroit, as he allowed four runs (2 earned) and nine hits in 6 2/3 innings, dropping him to 8-10 to go along with a 4.52 ERA.

Correia may not be able to get off the schneid on Tuesday, as he owns an 0-3 mark against the Royals with a 6.75 ERA in five starts.

The Royals' 12 wins are already the most by a Kansas City club against the Twins, topping 11-win campaigns against them in 1975 and 2003.

08/27 10:29:18 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ORL 83
CHA 98
Final
PHI 2
UTA 6
 
Final
CHI 86
LAC 96
Final
HOU 105
CLE 103
Final
ORL 83
CHA 98
Final
BOS 101
GSW 106
Final
IND 94
PHI 74
Final
SAC 99
POR 110
 
Final
LAL 101
OKC 108
Final
DEN 92
NOP 99
 
Final
NIAG 57
FAIR 56
 
Final
PETE 68
IONA 60
 
Final
RIDE 59
MAR 49
 
Final
MAN 69
QUIN 65
 
Final
UCONN 81
SMU 73
Final
CAL 73
ORST 56
Final
HOU 72
SFLA 55
Final
PROV 77
MARQ 66
Final
WISC 68
MSU 61
Final
MON 63
SIENA 57
 
Final
WAKE 69
PITT 66
Final
STAN 70
OREG 73
Final
OSU 65
PURD 61
2nd
COL 77
ARST 76
 
2nd
UCLA 36
WASU 38
 
Final
WIN 5
LOS 2
Final
PIT 5
CLB 3
Final
FLA 4
TAM 3
Final
WAS 4
TOR 0
3rd
DAL 1
ANA 3
 
2nd
VAN 2
STL 2