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Zerpa expected to start as Royals host the Indians

September 30, 2021 GMT

Cleveland Indians (77-81, second in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (73-85, fourth in the AL Central)

Kansas City, Missouri; Thursday, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Indians: Shane Bieber (7-4, 3.17 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 133 strikeouts) Royals: Angel Zerpa (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

BOTTOM LINE: Jose Ramirez and the Indians will take on the Royals Thursday.

The Royals are 38-39 on their home turf. Kansas City hitters have posted a team on-base percentage of .304 this season, led by Nicky Lopez with a mark of .364.

The Indians have gone 37-40 away from home. Cleveland has a team on-base percentage of .301, led by Myles Straw with a mark of .348.

The Royals won the last meeting 10-5. Greg Holland notched his third victory and Salvador Perez went 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBIs for Kansas City. Nick Wittgren took his ninth loss for Cleveland.

TOP PERFORMERS: Carlos Santana is second on the Royals with 19 home runs and is batting .207.

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Jose Ramirez leads the Indians with 72 extra base hits and is slugging .543.

LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 6-4, .237 batting average, 4.01 ERA, outscored by one run

Indians: 4-6, .253 batting average, 4.28 ERA, outscored by two runs

INJURIES: Royals: Brady Singer: (arm), Mike Minor: (shoulder), Richard Lovelady: (elbow), Brad Keller: (shoulder), Jakob Junis: (shoulder), Jesse Hahn: (shoulder), Wade Davis: (shoulder), Salvador Perez: (ankle).

Indians: Nick Sandlin: (shoulder), Josh Naylor: (ankle), Wilson Ramos: (knee).

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