Struggling Royals look to end 4-game skid against Twins
Minneapolis; Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
LINE: Twins -325; over/under is 10 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City enters the game as losers of their last four games.
The Twins are 44-24 against opponents from the AL Central. Minnesota has slugged .494, good for second in the American League. Nelson Cruz leads the club with a .626 slugging percentage, including 63 extra-base hits and 39 home runs.
The Royals have gone 29-42 against division opponents. Kansas City has a collective .245 this season, led by Whit Merrifield with an average of .301. The Twins won the last meeting 4-3. Randy Dobnak recorded his first victory and Miguel Sano went 1-for-3 with a triple and an RBI for Minnesota. Eric Skoglund registered his second loss for Kansas City.
LAST 10 GAMES: Twins: 6-4, .261 batting average, 4.50 ERA, outscored by one run
Royals: 3-7, .241 batting average, 5.08 ERA, outscored by 17 runs