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Cleveland in action against Kansas City following Plesac's strong performance

                                                                                                                                                                                                   
 
 

Kansas City Royals (27-51, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Cleveland Indians (42-35, second in the AL Central)

Cleveland; Monday, 7 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Brad Keller (3-9, 4.45 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 68 strikeouts) Indians: Adam Plutko (3-1, 4.55 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 22 strikeouts)

LINE: Indians favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Cleveland heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Zach Plesac. Plesac pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits with two strikeouts against Detroit.

The Indians are 16-14 against AL Central teams. The Cleveland pitching staff has a team ERA of 3.91, Trevor Bauer paces the staff with a mark of 3.85.

The Royals are 13-20 against opponents from the AL Central. Kansas City hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .306 this season, led by Hunter Dozier with a mark of .395. This is the first game between these teams in 2019.

TOP PERFORMERS: Carlos Santana leads the Indians with 17 home runs and is slugging .541. Jason Kipnis is 13-for-38 with a double, a triple, three home runs and 13 RBIs over the last 10 games for Cleveland.

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Jorge Soler leads the Royals with 38 extra base hits and is batting .241. Whit Merrifield is 15-for-43 with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Kansas City.

LAST 10 GAMES: Indians: 8-2, .301 batting average, 3.17 ERA, outscored opponents by 33 runs

Royals: 5-5, .246 batting average, 3.89 ERA, outscored opponents by nine runs

Indians Injuries: Danny Salazar: 60-day IL (shoulder), Jefry Rodriguez: 10-day IL (shoulder), Dan Otero: 10-day IL (shoulder), Corey Kluber: 60-day IL (arm), Mike Clevinger: 10-day IL (ankle), Carlos Carrasco: 10-day IL (undisclosed), Bradley Zimmer: 60-day IL (shoulder).

Royals Injuries: Trevor Oaks: 60-day IL (hip), Jesse Hahn: 60-day IL (elbow), Adalberto Mondesi: 10-day IL (groin), Salvador Perez: 60-day IL (elbow).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.

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