Royals take on the Orioles after Santana’s 4-hit game
Baltimore Orioles (24-33, fifth in the AL East) vs. Kansas City Royals (18-37, fifth in the AL Central)
Kansas City, Missouri; Thursday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Orioles: Jordan Lyles (3-4, 4.65 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 54 strikeouts); Royals: Kris Bubic (0-3, 9.33 ERA, 2.07 WHIP, 13 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Royals -110, Orioles -109; over/under is 9 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Kansas City Royals play the Baltimore Orioles after Carlos Santana’s four-hit game on Wednesday.
Kansas City has gone 10-19 in home games and 18-37 overall. Royals hitters have a collective .300 on-base percentage, the ninth-ranked percentage in the AL.
Baltimore has a 24-33 record overall and a 9-18 record in road games. The Orioles have a 10-5 record in games when they hit at least two home runs.
The teams meet Thursday for the fourth time this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Whit Merrifield has 12 doubles, three home runs and 25 RBI while hitting .217 for the Royals. MJ Melendez is 11-for-36 with three doubles over the past 10 games.
Austin Hays has 13 doubles and seven home runs while hitting .287 for the Orioles. Trey Mancini is 13-for-33 with four doubles, a triple and three home runs over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 2-8, .224 batting average, 6.17 ERA, outscored by 32 runs
Orioles: 5-5, .225 batting average, 4.50 ERA, outscored opponents by one run
INJURIES: Royals: Matt Peacock: 15-Day IL (undisclosed), Gabe Speier: 15-Day IL (undisclosed), Zack Greinke: 15-Day IL (flexor), Amir Garrett: 15-Day IL (undisclosed), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Edward Olivares: 10-Day IL (quadricep), Cam Gallagher: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Jake Brentz: 10-Day IL (flexor), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)
Orioles: Joey Krehbiel: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Alexander Wells: 60-Day IL (elbow), Chris Ellis: 60-Day IL (shoulder), John Means: 60-Day IL (elbow)