Royals look to break 4-game slide, play the Yankees

Thu, Jun 13, 2024
MLB News (AP)

Royals look to break 4-game slide, play the Yankees

New York Yankees (49-21, first in the AL East) vs. Kansas City Royals (39-30, second in the AL Central)

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

PITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: Nestor Cortes Jr. (3-5, 3.68 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 78 strikeouts); Royals: Alec Marsh (5-3, 4.05 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 54 strikeouts)

BETMGM SPORTSBOOK: LINE Yankees -159, Royals +134; over/under is 10 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Kansas City Royals take on the New York Yankees as losers of four straight games.

Kansas City has a 24-14 record at home and a 39-30 record overall. The Royals have the sixth-best team slugging percentage in MLB play at .410.

New York is 49-21 overall and 27-11 in road games. The Yankees have a 39-6 record in games when they record at least eight hits.

The teams meet Thursday for the fourth time this season.

TOP PERFORMERS: Salvador Perez has 15 doubles, 10 home runs and 42 RBI for the Royals. MJ Melendez is 3-for-33 with three home runs over the past 10 games.

Juan Soto has a .317 batting average to lead the Yankees, and has 11 doubles, three triples and 17 home runs. Aaron Judge is 17-for-35 with five home runs and 17 RBI over the last 10 games.

RELATED COVERAGE Royals reverse initial announcement and say Hunter Renfroe's left big toe not broken Stanton, Trevino and Verdugo homer as Yankees beat Royals 11-5 for 12th win in 15 games Judge hits MLB-best 25th homer into center-field fountain and Yankees rout Royals 10-1

LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 4-6, .255 batting average, 5.90 ERA, outscored by 18 runs

Yankees: 8-2, .257 batting average, 3.82 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs

INJURIES: Royals: Hunter Renfroe: 10-Day IL (toe), Michael Wacha: 15-Day IL (foot), Michael Massey: 10-Day IL (back), Josh Taylor: 60-Day IL (biceps), Kris Bubic: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kyle Wright: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

Yankees: Jon Berti: 60-Day IL (calf), Clarke Schmidt: 15-Day IL (lat), Nick Burdi: 15-Day IL (hip), Jonathan Loaisiga: 60-Day IL (elbow), JT Brubaker: 60-Day IL (elbow), Gerrit Cole: 60-Day IL (elbow), Lou Trivino: 60-Day IL (elbow), Scott Effross: 60-Day IL (back)

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