Red Sox take on the Royals with series tied 1-1

September 18, 2022 GMT

Kansas City Royals (58-87, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Boston Red Sox (70-75, fifth in the AL East)

Boston; Sunday, 1:35 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Kris Bubic (2-12, 5.55 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, 94 strikeouts); Red Sox: Nick Pivetta (9-11, 4.31 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 153 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Red Sox -201, Royals +167; over/under is 9 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals meet on Sunday with the three-game series tied 1-1.

Boston is 70-75 overall and 36-37 in home games. The Red Sox have the 10th-best team slugging percentage in MLB play at .407.

Kansas City is 58-87 overall and 24-46 in road games. The Royals are 43-13 in games when they have more hits than their opponents.

Sunday’s game is the seventh time these teams square off this season. The Royals are up 4-2 in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Rafael Devers leads the Red Sox with 26 home runs while slugging .523. Alex Verdugo is 10-for-39 with a double, a home run and four RBI over the past 10 games.

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Bobby Witt Jr. has 27 doubles, six triples, 20 home runs and 74 RBI for the Royals. Salvador Perez is 13-for-37 with two home runs and six RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Red Sox: 3-7, .225 batting average, 3.72 ERA, outscored by four runs

Royals: 3-7, .203 batting average, 3.92 ERA, outscored by 10 runs

INJURIES: Red Sox: Trevor Story: day-to-day (heel), Franchy Cordero: 60-Day IL (ankle), Kutter Crawford: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Tanner Houck: 60-Day IL (back), Nathan Eovaldi: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Eric Hosmer: 10-Day IL (back), Chris Sale: 60-Day IL (finger), Josh Taylor: 60-Day IL (back), James Paxton: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Royals: Drew Waters: day-to-day (ankle), Josh Staumont: 15-Day IL (biceps), Taylor Clarke: 15-Day IL (oblique), Angel Zerpa: 60-Day IL (knee), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.