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Keller expected to start as Royals host Cubs

August 6, 2020 GMT

Chicago Cubs (10-2, first in the NL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (3-10, fifth in the NL Central)

Kansas City, Kansas; Thursday, 7:07 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cubs: Tyler Chatwood (2-0, .71 ERA, .79 WHIP, 19 strikeouts) Royals: Brad Keller (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 strikeouts)

LINE: Cubs favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Kansas City Royals square off against the Chicago Cubs on Thursday.

The Royals finished 31-50 in home games in 2019. Kansas City hit .247 as a team last season while averaging 8.4 hits per game.

The Cubs finished 33-48 in road games in 2019. Chicago averaged 8.5 hits with 3.4 extra base hits per game and 270 total doubles last year.

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The teams meet for the third time this year. Chicago leads the season series 3-0.

INJURIES: Royals: Glenn Sparkman: (right forearm), Randy Rosario: (undisclosed), Mike Montgomery: (lat strain), Foster Griffin: (forearm), Chance Adams: (undisclosed), Bubba Starling: (right forearm), Franchy Cordero: (undisclosed), Kelvin Gutierrez: (elbow).

Cubs: Brad Wieck: (hamstring), Jose Quintana: (left thumb), James Norwood: (right shoulder), Daniel Descalso: (ankle).

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