Twins look to sweep series against the Royals
Kansas City Royals (57-85, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Minnesota Twins (71-70, third in the AL Central)
Minneapolis; Thursday, 7:40 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Daniel Lynch (4-10, 5.08 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 105 strikeouts); Twins: Dylan Bundy (8-7, 4.68 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 85 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Twins -175, Royals +148; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Minnesota Twins and the Kansas City Royals play the last game of a three-game series. The Twins will sweep the series with a win.
Minnesota has a 42-32 record at home and a 71-70 record overall. The Twins are 59-27 in games when they record eight or more hits.
Kansas City has a 23-44 record in road games and a 57-85 record overall. The Royals have gone 25-61 in games when they have given up at least one home run.
The matchup Thursday is the 16th time these teams match up this season. The Twins hold an 11-4 advantage in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Luis Arraez has a .320 batting average to rank ninth on the Twins, and has 29 doubles, a triple and eight home runs. Carlos Correa is 18-for-44 with five home runs and 12 RBI over the past 10 games.
Bobby Witt Jr. leads the Royals with 53 extra base hits (27 doubles, six triples and 20 home runs). Salvador Perez is 10-for-32 with a double, a home run and four RBI over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 4-6, .267 batting average, 4.00 ERA, outscored by four runs
Royals: 4-6, .206 batting average, 4.09 ERA, outscored by seven runs
INJURIES: Twins: Max Kepler: day-to-day (leg), Chris Archer: 15-Day IL (pectoral), Tyler Mahle: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Ryan Jeffers: 60-Day IL (thumb), Jorge Polanco: 10-Day IL (knee), Trevor Larnach: 60-Day IL (core), Byron Buxton: 10-Day IL (hip), Alex Kirilloff: 60-Day IL (wrist), Miguel Sano: 60-Day IL (knee), Bailey Ober: 60-Day IL (groin), Danny Coulombe: 60-Day IL (hip), Cody Stashak: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Royce Lewis: 60-Day IL (knee), Chris Paddack: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jhon Romero: 60-Day IL (biceps), Jorge Alcala: 60-Day IL (elbow), Randy Dobnak: 60-Day IL (finger), Kenta Maeda: 60-Day IL (elbow)
Royals: Josh Staumont: 15-Day IL (biceps), Taylor Clarke: 15-Day IL (oblique), 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)