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Davies poised to mess with Texas

Davies poised to mess with Texas

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The Rangers came to Kansas City late last month and caught three straight losses and were outscored, 22-6. In fact, going back to last season, the Royals have won six of the last seven games against the Rangers.

That's a trend that new Royals pitcher Kyle Davies would like to continue along with the success that he found in his last start.

Davies pitched 6 2/3 shutout innings in a 1-0 victory over the Twins during a stifling afternoon when the heat index hit 98 in KC.

Now all he has to do is avoid the one-good, one-bad, one-good, one-bad routine he seemed to have in his starts with the Braves. This time he goes for the two-good.

For a while, Rangers Ballpark in Arlington was not too friendly to the Royals after it opened in 1994. However, in the past four years, they've been 8-7 in Texas.

Pitching matchup
KC: RHP Kyle Davies (5-8, 5.64)
Davies' second start for the Royals went much better than his first. He reeled off 6 2/3 shutout innings against the Twins, giving up just three hits, in a 1-0 victory. In his KC debut, he lasted just three innings against the Yankees and gave up five runs. Against the Twins, Davies walked just two -- the first and last batters he faced. In one stretch, he retired 14 consecutive batters.

TEX: RHP Kevin Millwood (7-9, 5.90)
Millwood allowed three runs, all earned, on five hits over six innings in his last start against Oakland. He had six strikeouts with four walks in a no-decision game. Millwood gave up six runs on nine hits and left after 2 2/3 innings in his last start against the Royals on July 28. Lifetime against Kansas City, he is 3-3 with a 4.46 ERA.

Players to watch:
Against Millwood, David DeJesus and Emil Brown are each hitting .400 (6-for-15). Brown has a home run, a triple and a double plus two walks and two RBIs. DeJesus has four doubles against Millwood and also has two walks and two RBIs.

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• RSTN

On radio
• WHB

Up next
• Wednesday: Royals (Gil Meche, 7-10, 3.95) at Rangers (Vicente Padilla, 3-8, 6.69), 7:35 p.m. CT
• Thursday: Royals (Leo Nunez, 2-0, 1.80) at Rangers (Brandon McCarthy, 5-8, 4.79), 7:35 p.m. CT
• Friday: Royals (Brian Bannister, 8-7, 3.41) at Athletics (Esteban Loaiza, 0-0, -.--), 9:05 p.m. CT

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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