Royals bring 1-0 series lead over Red Sox into game 2
Boston Red Sox (53-54, fifth in the AL East) vs. Kansas City Royals (42-64, fourth in the AL Central)
Kansas City, Missouri; Friday, 8:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Josh Winckowski (4-5, 5.00 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 28 strikeouts); Royals: Zack Greinke (3-6, 4.41 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 50 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Red Sox -114, Royals -106; over/under is 9 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Kansas City Royals host the Boston Red Sox, leading the series 1-0.
Kansas City has a 23-30 record at home and a 42-64 record overall. Royals hitters are batting a collective .245, which ranks sixth in the AL.
Boston is 53-54 overall and 27-27 in road games. Red Sox hitters have a collective .313 on-base percentage, the seventh-ranked percentage in the AL.
Friday’s game is the second time these teams match up this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Bobby Witt Jr. has 15 home runs, 20 walks and 53 RBI while hitting .257 for the Royals. MJ Melendez is 9-for-37 with two doubles, a home run and an RBI over the last 10 games.
Rafael Devers leads Boston with 23 home runs while slugging .603. Xander Bogaerts is 9-for-33 with two home runs and eight RBI over the past 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 3-7, .210 batting average, 4.55 ERA, outscored by 26 runs
Red Sox: 4-6, .218 batting average, 4.50 ERA, outscored by 14 runs
INJURIES: Royals: Edward Olivares: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Angel Zerpa: 60-Day IL (knee), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)
Red Sox: Brayan Bello: 15-Day IL (groin), Eric Hosmer: day-to-day (neck), Rob Refsnyder: 10-Day IL (knee), Kike Hernandez: 60-Day IL (hip), Chris Sale: 15-Day IL (finger), Trevor Story: 10-Day IL (hand), Matt Strahm: 15-Day IL (wrist), Michael Wacha: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Tyler Danish: 15-Day IL (elbow), Josh Taylor: 60-Day IL (back), James Paxton: 60-Day IL (elbow)