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Kansas City2 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 570
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  W: M. Estrada (6-9)   L: J. López (0-1)   S: K. Giles (15)
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Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 14,391

Royals getting look at Lopez vs. Blue Jays

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Toronto Blue Jays at Kansas City Royals

  1. The Blue Jays swept the Royals in the first series between these teams this season, outscoring Kansas City 31-12 and slashing .330/.429/.554 in the three-game set. The Blue Jays are hitting .264 in August, fourth-highest in the AL, and on pace for the team's best batting average in a single month this season.
  2. The Royals have gone 2-9 through 11 games in August. In two wins, the team scored 19 runs (9.5 runs per game), and in the nine losses they scored just 21 runs (2.3 runs per game). The Royals pitching staff has allowed opponents to hit .287 in August, ranking 28th in MLB and last in the AL.
  3. Aldemys Diaz has made the third-largest improvement in OPS in MLB since the All-Star break; his OPS was .670 before the break, and 1.108 since the break. He has already hit seven homers since the break after totaling just eight in the first half of the season.
  4. Before going 0-for-3 yesterday, Alcides Escobar went on a four-game hitting streak while scoring four runs and bumping his average back over the .200 mark. In August, his OPS is .879, while his OPS pre-August was .514. That differential ranks eighth in MLB among qualifying hitters.
  5. Since the All-Star break, the Blue Jays pitching staff has a 5.53 ERA, ranking 28th in baseball, and has allowed opponents to hit .279, 29th in baseball. Sean Reid-Foley will be making his Major League debut for the Jays today; he has compiled a 2.98 ERA this season between AA and AAA.
  6. Brad Keller has thrown 88.1 innings and allowed just three home runs since debuting on Opening Day this season. He has allowed the fewest home runs of any pitcher in MLB with at least 80.0 innings this season, and his .330 opponent slugging percentage ranks fifth in the AL. The only four better than him: Sale, Bauer, Cole, and Snell, in that order (minimum 80.0 innings).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/13/2018 thru 8/16/2018

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Marco Estrada is on the backend of his career at 35 years old.

He will become a free agent after this season, earning $13 million in 2018 with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Jorge Lopez is 25 years and just beginning his career with the Kansas City Royals, who obtained him as part of the trade July 27 that sent third baseman Mike Moustakas to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The right-handers are the probable starters Wednesday for the third contest of a four-game series.

Lopez is replacing Burch Smith in the rotation. This will be Lopez's third big league start. He went 0-1 with a 2.75 ERA in 10 relief appearances earlier this season with the Brewers and was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two starts in 2015 with Milwaukee.

Estrada is 5-9 with a 4.84 in 20 starts. This will be his 271st career game and 182nd start. He has a 60-61 record with a 4.12 ERA since breaking into the majors in 2008 with the Washington Nationals.

Estrada took a no-hitter into the seventh inning in an Aug. 4 start at Seattle before giving up a one-out double to Mitch Haniger. That was the only hit he allowed before being removed after issuing a walk to lead off the eighth.

In his last start on Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, Estrada took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits and two walks over 5 1/3 innings, while striking out six.

Estrada is 1-2 with a 3.26 ERA in three career starts against the Royals, allowing seven runs on 17 hits and five walks with 11 strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings. He is 0-2 with a 3.29 ERA in two starts at Kauffman Stadium.

Smith failed to make it out of the second inning in a 7-0 loss Friday to the St. Louis Cardinals. He permitted five runs on six hits, including homers to Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong, and was pulled after 46 pitches in 1 2/3 innings.

He is 1-1 with a 6.82 ERA in 16 home appearances, but has a 7.87 ERA in two Kauffman Stadium starts. He is going to be the bullpen.

The Royals want to take a look at Lopez the final six weeks of the season.

"We want to see what we have," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

He pointed out Lopez is coming off a good outing. In his last start for the Storm Chasers, Lopez pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, while allowing three hits, walking one and striking out seven.

The Blue Jays beat the Royals 6-5 on Tuesday night to even the series at 1-1. Toronto had scored only four runs in their previous four games. Kevin Pillar hit a two-run go-ahead homer with two out in the eighth. Danny Jansen hit a solo shot, his first big league home run in his second game.

Blue Jays starter Ryan Borucki was pulled after four innings with a blister on his right foot, but is hopeful he would not miss his next start.

The Blue Jays (54-65) are 11-13 since the All-Star break.

The Royals lost for the 10th time in 12 games and are 2-6 on this homestand with two games remaining. They are 47 games below .500 at 36-83 with 43 games left.

Updated August 15, 2018

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