Minnesota Twins (67-81, second in AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (52-96, fifth in AL Central)

Kansas City, Missouri; Sunday, 2:15 p.m. Eastern

PROBABLE PITCHERS: Twins: Kyle Gibson (7-13, 3.67 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 163 strikeouts) Royals: Jake Junis (8-12, 4.28 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 150 strikeouts)

BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City can secure a series sweep over Minnesota with a victory. The Royals have gone 12-15 in Junis’ starts this season. The Kansas City offense has compiled a .245 batting average as a team this year, Whit Merrifield leads the team with a mark of .303. The Twins enter the contest as losers of their last three games. Minnesota pitchers are averaging 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings, Trevor May leads the staff with a mark of 12.6. The Royals won 10-3 in Saturday’s meeting, Ian Kennedy earned his second win of the year.

TOP PERFORMERS: Eddie Rosario leads the Twins with 158 hits on the season. He’s batting .286 on the year. Willians Astudillo has three home runs and seven RBIs while slugging .636 over his past 10 games for Minnesota. Salvador Perez has 47 runs and 75 RBIs for the Royals this year. Adalberto Mondesi has 14 hits and is batting .333 over his past 10 games for Kansas City.

LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 4-6, .258 batting average, 5.53 ERA, outscored by 16 runs. Royals: 6-4, .246 batting average, 3.34 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs.

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by HERO Sports, and data from Sportradar.

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