Chicago White Sox (18-13, first in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (16-16, third in the AL Central)
Kansas City, Kansas; Sunday, 2:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: White Sox: Lucas Giolito (1-3, 4.99 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 41 strikeouts) Royals: Mike Minor (2-1, 5.23 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 30 strikeouts)
LINE: Royals +137, White Sox -158; over/under is 8 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City enters the matchup as losers of their last seven games.
The Royals are 7-10 against the rest of their division. Kansas City has hit 31 home runs as a team this season. Salvador Perez leads the club with seven, averaging one every 18.1 at-bats.
The White Sox are 9-6 against AL Central Division teams. Chicago has a collective on-base percentage of .338, good for first in the American League. Yermin Mercedes leads the lineup with a mark of .392.
The White Sox won the last meeting 9-1. Lance Lynn notched his third victory and Danny Mendick went 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI for Chicago. Daniel Lynch registered his first loss for Kansas City.
TOP PERFORMERS: Perez leads the Royals with seven home runs and is slugging .512.
Jose Abreu leads the White Sox with six home runs and is batting .211.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 2-8, .245 batting average, 6.24 ERA, outscored by 28 runs
White Sox: 6-4, .242 batting average, 1.99 ERA, outscored opponents by 26 runs
INJURIES: Royals: Kyle Zimmer: (left trap), Daniel Tillo: (undisclosed), Jesse Hahn: (right shoulder), Adalberto Mondesi: (right oblique strain), Cam Gallagher: (concussion).
White Sox: Jace Fry: (microdiscectomy), Jimmy Cordero: (tommy john surgery), Luis Robert: (hip), Eloy Jimenez: (left pectoral), Adam Engel: (right hamstring).
The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.
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