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Series Preview: Kansas City Royals at Atlanta Braves

April 16th, 2013 at 8:42 AM
By Cody Fields

Thanks to the Houston Astros switching leagues, interleague play comes to the Atlanta Braves in mid-April. The short two-game set is the only taste the Braves get of both the Kansas City Royals and Turner Field before hitting the road for another 10-game road trip.

The Braves enter the series with the best record in baseball at 11-1, but the Royals have also somewhat surprised with their 7-5 mark. Granted, it's still early, but the Royals are usually everyone's doormat.

Kris Medlen and Mike Minor will pitch for the Braves, with Medlen ironically owning the only loss the Braves have this year so far. Both have pitched particularly lights out, but they'll face two solidly performing Royals pitchers in Jeremy Guthrie and Wade Davis. The Royals have won 12 of Guthrie's last 13 starts.

With B.J. Upton having already broken out of his early slump, look for Jason Heyward to do the same in this series. He showed signs of snapping out of it with a 1-for-4 day on Sunday.

Atlanta holds a 4-2 record over the Royals, with all of the previous games coming at the Ted.

Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. on Fox Sports South: Braves RH Kris Medlen (1-1, 1.50 ERA) vs RH Jeremy Guthrie (2-0, 3.55 ERA)

Wednesday, 12:10 p.m. on Fox Sports South: Braves RH Mike Minor (2-0, 0.69 ERA) vs RH Wade Davis (1-0, 4.00 ERA)

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, MLB

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