AL Central Division foes will clash on Tuesday night, when the Cleveland Indians face the Kansas City Royals from Kauffman Stadium. The Indians (64-64) are five games below .500 on the road and trail first place Chicago by 10 games. On Sunday, Jose Ramirez and Austin Hedges each homered during a 7-5 home victory versus Boston.
Twenty-six year old righty Zach Plesac (8-4 4.78 ERA) will take the ball for the Indians in this matchup. Last time out, Plesac allowed two runs in five plus innings during a 7-2 home victory versus Texas.
The Kansas City Royals have won seven of their last ten games and are 16 games off the pace in the division race. On Sunday, Kansas City C Salvador Perez homered for the fifth consecutive game during a 4-3 road loss against Seattle. SS Nicky Lopez had three hits and scored a run for the Royals, who fell to 59-71 on the year.
The Royals will counter with thirty-three year old southpaw Mike Minor (8-11 5.30 ERA) in the series opener. In his last start, Minor gave up three runs in six innings during a 6-5 road loss against Houston.