Davies faces A's in series finale

By: Dick Kaegel / MLB.com
By: Dick Kaegel / MLB.com

Kyle Davies' suitcase was left behind when the Royals left Arlington, Texas. He can hope his poor pitching luck was left behind as well.
Although Davies left the game against the Rangers with a 3-2 lead last Tuesday, the two runners on base at the time wound up crossing the plate. Davies was tagged with the 5-3 loss.

This will be his fourth start for the Royals since being obtained from the Braves at the trading deadline in a deal for closer Octavio Dotel. Davies faced the A's once before, but that was two years ago, when he was a rookie with the Braves.

His mound foe, Lenny DiNardo, is 4-0 since the All-Star break and this is the first time he's put together consecutive victories in his career.

Pitching matchup
KC: RHP Kyle Davies (5-9, 5.72 ERA)
After throwing 6 2/3 scoreless innings and allowing just three hits on Aug. 9 to defeat the Twins, Davies is coming off a loss to the Rangers on Tuesday. Davies held the Rangers to one run and five hits for the first five innings, while striking out seven, one shy of his career high. He failed, however, to retire any of the three batters he faced in the sixth and all three scored as he was charged with the loss.

OAK: LHP Lenny DiNardo (7-6, 3.29 ERA)
DiNardo will pitch against the Royals in the finale of the A's six-game homestand. In his last start against the White Sox, DiNardo allowed two runs on six hits -- including a solo homer -- over five innings for the win. He's 4-0 with a 4.27 ERA over his last six starts This will be his fifth appearance against the Royals. The previous four came in relief appearances in which he's 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA.

Player to watch
If David DeJesus scores a run, it's a good sign for the Royals. They are 33-26 when he scores a run, 20-41 when he does not.

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