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  W: T. Bauer (12-8)   L: J. Vargas (14-7)
4:15 PM PT5:15 PM MT6:15 PM CT7:15 PM ET19:15 ET23:15 GMT7:15 4:15 PM MST6:15 PM EST6:45 PM VEN3:15 UAE (+1)6:15 PM CT, August 19, 2017
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 34,204

Royals' Vargas looks to continue hold over Indians

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According to STATS

Cleveland Indians at Kansas City Royals

  1. The Indians split a doubleheader with the Twins, on Thursday in Minnesota, picking up a 9-3 win in the first game and then losing 4-2 in the second game. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak, the team's third streak of at least six wins this season.
  2. The Royals beat the Athletics, 7-6, in Oakland on Wednesday, their fourth win in their last five games. They had six players with at least two hits, and the only two players without a hit were their leadoff hitter (Whit Merrifield) and designated hitter (Brandon Moss).
  3. Kansas City has a slight edge in the season series this year, winning five of the nine games. The Indians have won eight of their last 11 games in Kansas City, outscoring the Royals 52-34 in those games, and outhomering them 15-4.
  4. Corey Kluber allowed three runs (all earned) in 7.0 innings against the Rays on Sunday, improving to 11-3 this season. Kluber has allowed fewer than two earned runs in eight of his last 11 starts, striking out at least 10 batters in nine of those starts.
  5. Ian Kennedy allowed three runs (all earned) in 6.1 innings against the White Sox on Saturday, taking a no-decision. It was Kennedy's 10th quality start of the season, becoming the fourth Royals pitcher this year with double-digit quality starts.
  6. In the nine games against the Indians this season, Eric Hosmer is hitting .400 (12/30) and slugging .667, with one home run and five doubles and five RBI. Prior to this season, Hosmer was hitting .278 against the Indians in his career.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/18/2017 thru 8/20/2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Manager Terry Francona decided to liven up the Cleveland clubhouse before Friday night's game with the Kansas City Royals.

With 23 games in 23 dates, a doubleheader on Thursday and Kansas City the last stop of an 11-game four-city trip, Francona arranged to have a DJ for the clubhouse and a Pop-A-Shot basketball competition.

"We were all getting a little tired," Francona said. "It's just kind of our way of showing them that, one, we acknowledge the fact that they're out there playing so much, but also that we care.

"The game is the most important thing, and that's where you want your energy. But in the meantime, I don't think it hurts to have a little bit of fun."

The basketball shooting competition will continue through the weekend. Francona tried his luck, but without much success. The DJ played mostly hip-hop and rap.

"That would not be my song list," Francona said, laughing.

The Indians had a laugher in thumping the Royals 10-1 in the first game of the three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.

The two teams meet again Saturday with right-hander Trevor Bauer going for the Indians and left-hander Jason Vargas starting for the Royals.

How important is this series to the Royals?

"I was just waiting for that question," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "(Wondering) who was going to ask that brilliant question. It's a big series, yeah. These games are two-game swings. It's a huge series."

A Royals' victory Friday would have pulled them with 4 1/2 games of the Indians, but the loss dropped them 6 1/2 games in arrears. And with the Minnesota victory, the Royals fell into third place in the American League Central.

Bauer will be making his ninth career appearance against the Royals. He has a 1-2 career record versus Kansas City with a 3.43 ERA. This will be his 24th start of the season. He is 4-3 with a 5.82 ERA in nine road appearances, eight of them starts.

Eric Hosmer is 5-for-15 with a home run and three RBIs against Bauer. Alcides Escobar has a .316 average (6-for-19) versus Bauer, and Alex Gordon is 2-for-12 (.167) with a home run against him.

Vargas is 14-6 with a 3.45 ERA. The 14 victories match his career high set in 2012.

He has dominated the Indians in his time with the Royals, going 6-1 with a 3.17 ERA in 11 starts. Vargas is 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA -- two earned runs in 20 2/3 innings -- against the Indians this year.

Vargas is 7-3 with a 3.30 ERA in 12 home starts this year.

While the Indians have won 7 of 8, the Royals have lost 12 of 18 starting on July 31. The Royals were seven games above .500 on July 30 and two games behind the Indians after a win at Boston that date.

After the loss Friday, they are one game above .500 and have lost five of their past six Kauffman Stadium games. They still have nine games remaining with the Indians, but the last seven are in Cleveland.

Updated August 19, 2017

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