Guardians visit the Royals to start 3-game series

July 8, 2022 GMT

Cleveland Guardians (40-40, second in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (30-51, fifth in the AL Central)

Kansas City, Missouri; Friday, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Guardians: Aaron Civale (2-5, 7.04 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 45 strikeouts); Royals: Brady Singer (3-3, 4.45 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 58 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Royals -117, Guardians -104; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Kansas City Royals host the Cleveland Guardians to open a three-game series.

Kansas City has a 14-25 record at home and a 30-51 record overall. The Royals are 22-10 in games when they out-hit their opponents.

Cleveland is 20-23 in road games and 40-40 overall. Guardians hitters are batting a collective .243, which ranks fifth in the AL.

Friday’s game is the eighth time these teams meet this season. The Guardians are ahead 5-2 in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Royals with 12 home runs while slugging .444. Andrew Benintendi is 18-for-37 with two doubles and eight RBI over the last 10 games.

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Jose Ramirez leads the Guardians with 47 extra base hits (27 doubles, four triples and 16 home runs). Franmil Reyes is 7-for-32 with two doubles, three home runs and seven RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 4-6, .258 batting average, 5.17 ERA, outscored by nine runs

Guardians: 3-7, .199 batting average, 5.59 ERA, outscored by 33 runs

INJURIES: Royals: Bobby Witt Jr.: day-to-day (hand), Josh Staumont: 15-Day IL (neck), Daniel Lynch: 15-Day IL (blister), Salvador Perez: 10-Day IL (thumb), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

Guardians: Josh Naylor: day-to-day (back), Anthony Gose: 15-Day IL (tricep), Oscar Gonzalez: 10-Day IL (ribs), Austin Hedges: 7-Day IL (concussion), Carlos Vargas: 60-Day IL (elbow), Cody Morris: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

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