Royals take 5-game slide into matchup with Twins
Minneapolis; Sunday, 2 p.m. EDT
LINE: Twins favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City enters the matchup as losers of their last five games.
The Twins are 26-13 against AL Central opponents. Minnesota has slugged .502, good for the best mark in the American League. Nelson Cruz leads the team with a .652 slugging percentage, including 49 extra-base hits and 30 home runs.
The Royals are 22-33 against teams from the AL Central. Kansas City is slugging .401 as a unit. Hunter Dozier leads the team with a slugging percentage of .532. The Twins won the last meeting 11-3. Kyle Gibson notched his 11th victory and Cruz went 3-for-4 with three home runs and five RBIs for Minnesota. Danny Duffy registered his sixth loss for Kansas City.
TOP PERFORMERS: Max Kepler leads the Twins with 30 home runs and is slugging .555. Cruz is 16-for-30 with three doubles, nine home runs and 20 RBIs over the last 10 games for Minnesota.
LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 7-3, .259 batting average, 3.96 ERA, outscored opponents by 27 runs
Royals: 2-8, .237 batting average, 5.90 ERA, outscored by 33 runs