Kansas City, Missouri; Saturday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
: Royals -173, Athletics +146; over/under is 10 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Oakland Athletics play the Kansas City Royals leading the series 1-0.
Kansas City is 8-25 overall and 2-15 in home games. Royals hitters are batting a collective .233, which ranks ninth in the AL.
Oakland has a 4-11 record on the road and a 7-26 record overall. The Athletics are 3-5 in games when they have more hits than their opponents.
The matchup Saturday is the second time these teams meet this season.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 3-7, .275 batting average, 6.59 ERA, outscored by 17 runs
Athletics: 2-8, .238 batting average, 6.03 ERA, outscored by 19 runs
INJURIES: Royals: Kyle Isbel: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Kris Bubic: 60-Day IL (flexor), Nicky Lopez: 10-Day IL (appendicitis), Diego Hernandez: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Drew Waters: 10-Day IL (oblique), Daniel Lynch: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (elbow), Angel Zerpa: 60-Day IL (shoulder)
Athletics: Aledmys Diaz: 10-Day IL (hamstring), Adrian Martinez: 15-Day IL (elbow), Dany Jimenez: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Trevor May: 15-Day IL (personal), Freddy Tarnok: 60-Day IL (undisclosed), Seth Brown: 10-Day IL (oblique), Paul Blackburn: 15-Day IL (finger), Manny Pina: 10-Day IL (wrist), Kirby Snead: 60-Day IL (shoulder)