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Astros face the Royals with 2-1 series lead

July 7, 2022 GMT

Kansas City Royals (30-50, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Houston Astros (53-28, first in the AL West)

Houston; Thursday, 2:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Kris Bubic (1-5, 7.27 ERA, 1.87 WHIP, 37 strikeouts); Astros: Justin Verlander (10-3, 2.03 ERA, .83 WHIP, 90 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -350, Royals +278; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Houston Astros play the Kansas City Royals with a 2-1 series lead.

Houston is 53-28 overall and 26-12 at home. The Astros are 29-3 in games when they hit two or more home runs.

Kansas City has a 30-50 record overall and a 16-25 record on the road. The Royals have the eighth-ranked team on-base percentage in the AL at .307.

The teams match up Thursday for the seventh time this season. The Astros are up 4-2 in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Yordan Alvarez has 10 doubles, two triples and 25 home runs while hitting .312 for the Astros. Jeremy Pena is 10-for-42 with a double and three home runs over the past 10 games.

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Andrew Benintendi has 13 doubles, two triples and three home runs for the Royals. Whit Merrifield is 12-for-39 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and four RBI over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 8-2, .261 batting average, 3.00 ERA, outscored opponents by 25 runs

Royals: 4-6, .255 batting average, 5.11 ERA, outscored by eight runs

INJURIES: Astros: Jason Castro: 10-Day IL (knee), Blake Taylor: 60-Day IL (elbow), Michael Brantley: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Josh James: 60-Day IL (lat), Parker Mushinski: 15-Day IL (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (forearm)

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)

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