Kansas City in action against Minnesota following Sparkman's strong outing
Kansas City, Kansas; Friday, 8:15 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Glenn Sparkman. Sparkman went seven innings, giving up one run on five hits with three strikeouts against Minnesota.
The Royals are 12-18 against teams from the AL Central. Kansas City has hit 75 home runs as a team this season. Jorge Soler leads the club with 20, averaging one every 13.9 at-bats.
The Twins are 16-8 against the rest of their division. Minnesota ranks second in the league in hitting with a .271 batting average, Jorge Polanco leads the team with an average of .325. The Royals won the last meeting 4-1. Glenn Sparkman secured his second victory and Alex Gordon went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Kansas City. Jake Odorizzi took his third loss for Minnesota.
TOP PERFORMERS: Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 94 hits and is batting .300. Soler is 10-for-34 with two doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs over the last 10 games for Kansas City.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 6-4, .251 batting average, 3.41 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs
Twins: 5-5, .253 batting average, 3.77 ERA, outscored by five runs