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The MLB season opened early this morning in Tokyo, Japan with the Seattle Mariners beating the Oakland Athletics 3-1 behind Ichiro Suzuki's 4-5 performance at the plate. The start of the MLB season always triggers my interest to look at the pre-season World Series odds. How do the Kansas City Royals stack up? American League Central Title Detroit Tigers -1000 Cleveland Indians +1000 Kansas City Royals +1200 Minnesota Twins +1800 Chicago White Sox +2000 American League Pennant #1 New York Yankees +300 #4 Detroit Tigers +400 #8 Cleveland Indians +3000 #9 Chicago White Sox+4000 #9 Kansas City Royals +4000 #11 Minnesota Twins +4500 #13 Baltimore Orioles +7500 World Series Championship #1 Philadelphia Phillies +500 #4 Detroit Tigers +800 #20 Kansas City Royals +6000 #20 Cleveland Indians +6000 #24 Chicago White Sox +7500 #27 Minnesota Twins +8000 #30 Houston Astros +20000 In case you need it, here's a nice little piece o...
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