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Royals and Athletics meet to determine series winner

June 26, 2022 GMT

Oakland Athletics (24-49, fifth in the AL West) vs. Kansas City Royals (26-44, fifth in the AL Central)

Kansas City, Missouri; Sunday, 2:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Athletics: James Kaprielian (0-5, 5.98 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 34 strikeouts); Royals: Brady Singer (3-2, 4.34 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 44 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Royals -164, Athletics +141; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Kansas City Royals and Oakland Athletics play on Sunday with the winner claiming the three-game series.

Kansas City is 26-44 overall and 13-22 in home games. The Royals have a 9-30 record in games when they have allowed at least one home run.

Oakland is 24-49 overall and 16-20 on the road. The Athletics have an 8-4 record in games when they hit at least two home runs.

The matchup Sunday is the sixth time these teams match up this season. The Royals have a 3-2 advantage in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Royals with 32 extra base hits (16 doubles, five triples and 11 home runs). Salvador Perez is 5-for-25 with a double, two home runs and five RBI over the past 10 games.

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Seth Brown ranks second on the Athletics with 24 extra base hits (13 doubles, two triples and nine home runs). Sean Murphy is 12-for-35 with two doubles, a home run and five RBI over the past 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 6-4, .231 batting average, 3.74 ERA, outscored opponents by one run

Athletics: 3-7, .212 batting average, 4.50 ERA, outscored by 26 runs

INJURIES: Royals: Daniel Lynch: 15-Day IL (blister), Salvador Perez: 10-Day IL (thumb), Joel Payamps: 15-Day IL (covid-19), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

Athletics: Sam Moll: day-to-day (covid-19), Dany Jimenez: 15-Day IL (undisclosed), Daulton Jefferies: 60-Day IL (arm), Skye Bolt: 60-Day IL (oblique), Stephen Piscotty: 10-Day IL (calf), Deolis Guerra: 60-Day IL (elbow), Brent Honeywell Jr.: 60-Day IL (elbow)

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