Royals at Indians

Summary:

The Indians have lost six of their last seven games. The last time Kansas City visited Progressive Field, they took two out of three from the Tribe. They outscored them, 19-8, and out-homered them, 6-2. Indians are hitting .305 (127-for-417) against the Royals this year. Masterson is 2-0 and Carmona 1-1 against them. The Royals entered Thursday night having lost eight of their last 11 games. Melky Cabrera is hitting .347 (17-for-49) with two homers and 12 RBI and Jeff Francoeur .333 (14-for-42) with three homers and seven RBI against the Tribe this year. Chen is 4-0 against the Indians in the last two years.

Pitching Matchups:

RHP Felipe Paulino (2-9, 4.40) vs. RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (7-10, 4.88) Friday at 7:05

LHP Danny Duffy (3-8, 5.48) vs. Fausto Carmona (6-12, 4.76) Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

LHP Bruce Chen (9-5, 4.12) vs. Justin Masterson (10-7, 2.83) Sunday at 1:05 p.m.

Royals Medical Watch:

  • LF Alex Gordon (bruised right elbow) appeared as a defensive replacement Aug. 25. He is day-to-day.

  • C Matt Treanor (concussion) went on the seven-day disabled list July 31 after being injured in a home-plate collision the night before. He passed a test Aug. 14 to establish whether he was recovered sufficiently to return to game action. Treanor, who was transferred to the 15-day disabled list, began a rehab assignment with Class AA Northwest Arkansas on Aug. 17.

  • C Jason Kendall (right shoulder surgery in September 2010) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He was transferred to the 60-day disabled list May 5. By June 8, he was taking batting practice on the field and throwing from up to 105 feet. Kendall reported to Surprise, Ariz., on June 20 to begin working out with the rookie-level Arizona League club, but he had a setback in early July. He underwent another shoulder operation July 13, and he will miss the rest of 2011 and all of the 2012 season.

Royals News/Notes:

  • DH Billy Butler went 4-for-5, including two doubles, drove in two runs and scored two runs. In the three-game series at Toronto, Butler went 8-for-15 with five extra-base hits.

  • 1B Mike Moustakas extended his hitting streak to a career-high eight games with a run-producing double off the right-field fence. He is 14-for-27 in the streak to hike his average from .182 to .222.

  • The Royals took two of three at the Rogers Centre. The last time they won a series at Toronto was Aug. 19-21, 2002, when RHP Shawn Sedlacek and LHP Jeremy Affeldt were the winning pitchers.

  • RHP Greg Holland entered in the seventh inning Thursday with Toronto’s Mike McCoy on first. Holland retired Yunel Escobar on a fielder’s choice grounder and struck out Eric Thames and Jose Bautista, stranding the runner. Holland, a rookie reliever, has permitted just one of 26 inherited runners to score. His 3.8 percent of inherited runners scoring is the best in the majors. Phillies LHP Antonio Bastardo is second at 6.9 percent (2-for-29).

  • RHP Louis Coleman has struggled in his past two appearances. He surrendered a Brett Lawrie home run in the eighth inning Wednesday at Toronto to suffer the 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays. In his past two outings, he has yielded four runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings. In his first 18 innings after the All-Star break, Coleman had given up just two runs.

  • LHP Jeff Francis, a native of Vancouver, British Columbia, got the win Thursday in his first career start in Canada. He allowed two runs on six hits in six innings during the Royals’ 9-6 win over the Blue Jays.

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