Orioles take on the Royals in first of 3-game series
Kansas City Royals (8-15, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Baltimore Orioles (10-15, fourth in the AL East)
Baltimore; Sunday, 1:35 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Zack Greinke (0-2, 2.57 ERA, .96 WHIP, seven strikeouts); Orioles: Jordan Lyles (2-1, 2.95 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 18 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: The Baltimore Orioles begin a three-game series at home against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Baltimore has gone 7-6 at home and 10-15 overall. The Orioles have the seventh-ranked team on-base percentage in the AL at .303.
Kansas City has a 6-9 record at home and an 8-15 record overall. The Royals are 1-11 in games when they have allowed a home run.
The matchup Sunday is the first meeting this season between the two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Austin Hays has seven doubles, two home runs and nine RBI while hitting .286 for the Orioles. Cedric Mullins is 13-for-41 with five doubles and two home runs over the last 10 games.
Salvador Perez leads the Royals with five home runs while slugging .378. Edward Olivares is 11-for-29 with three doubles and an RBI over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Orioles: 4-6, .253 batting average, 4.09 ERA, outscored by five runs
Royals: 3-7, .221 batting average, 4.30 ERA, outscored by 16 runs
INJURIES: Orioles: Alexander Wells: 10-Day IL (elbow), Chris Ellis: 10-Day IL (shoulder), John Means: 60-Day IL (elbow), Dean Kremer: 10-Day IL (oblique)
Royals: Carlos Santana: 10-Day IL (ankle), Cam Gallagher: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Jake Brentz: 10-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 10-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)