Cleveland Guardians square off against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday

October 5, 2022 GMT

Kansas City Royals (65-95, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Cleveland Guardians (91-70, first in the AL Central)

Cleveland; Wednesday, 4:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Jonathan Heasley (4-9, 5.00 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 66 strikeouts); Guardians: Aaron Civale (4-6, 5.04 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 89 strikeouts)

BOTTOM LINE: The Cleveland Guardians host the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.

Cleveland has a 45-35 record in home games and a 91-70 record overall. The Guardians have gone 60-4 in games when they scored at least five runs.

Kansas City has a 26-53 record on the road and a 65-95 record overall. Royals hitters have a collective .307 on-base percentage, the 10th-ranked percentage in the AL.

The teams meet Wednesday for the 19th time this season. The Guardians are ahead 11-7 in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jose Ramirez has 43 doubles, five triples, 29 home runs and 124 RBI for the Guardians. Oscar Gonzalez is 13-for-42 with two doubles, two home runs and four RBI over the past 10 games.

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Bobby Witt Jr. has 31 doubles, six triples and 20 home runs for the Royals. Vinnie Pasquantino is 15-for-38 with a double, a home run and four RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Guardians: 7-3, .246 batting average, 2.68 ERA, outscored opponents by seven runs

Royals: 3-7, .257 batting average, 5.38 ERA, outscored by seven runs

INJURIES: Guardians: Anthony Gose: 60-Day IL (tricep)

Royals: Taylor Clarke: 15-Day IL (oblique), Salvador Perez: day-to-day (thumb), Josh Staumont: 15-Day IL (biceps), Angel Zerpa: 60-Day IL (knee), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

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