Orioles host Royals in first of 3-game series | major league baseball

Kansas City Royals (8-15, fourth in AL Central) vs. Baltimore Orioles (10-15, fourth in AL East)

Baltimore; Friday, 7:05 p.m. EDT

LIKELY PITCHING: Royals: Carlos Hernandez (0-1, 6.00 ERA, 1.89 WHIP, eight strikeouts); Orioles: Jordan Lyles (2-1, 2.95 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 18 strikeouts)

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FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK ROW: Orioles -119, Royals +100; over/under is 8 points

BOTTOM LINE: The Baltimore Orioles host the Kansas City Royals on Friday to start a three-game series.

Baltimore is 10-15 overall and 7-6 at home. The Orioles are 6-2 in games when they have scored five or more points.

Kansas City is 8-15 overall and 6-9 in home games. The Royals are 3-7 in games when recording eight or more hits.

Friday’s game is the first meeting of the season between the two clubs.

BEST PERFORMERS: Austin Hays ranks third among the Orioles with a .286 batting average and has seven doubles, two homers, nine walks and nine RBIs. Cedric Mullins is 13 for 41 with two home runs and three RBIs in the last 10 games.

Salvador Perez leads Kansas City with five home runs while hitting .378. Bobby Witt Jr. is 10 for 34 with one homer and three RBIs in the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Orioles: 4-6, .253 batting average, 4.09 ERA, outscored by five runs

Royals: 3-7, .221 batting average, 4.30 ERA, outscored by 16 runs

INJURIES: Orioles: Alexander Wells: 10 day IL (elbow), Chris Ellis: 10 day IL (shoulder), John Means: 60 day IL (elbow), Dean Kremer: 10 day IL (oblique)

Royals: Carlos Santana: 10-day IL (ankle), Cam Gallagher: 10-day IL (hamstring), Jake Brentz: 10-day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 10-day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day HE (shoulder)

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