Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox meet in game 4 of series
Boston Red Sox (54-55, fifth in the AL East) vs. Kansas City Royals (43-65, fourth in the AL Central)
Kansas City, Missouri; Sunday, 2:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Kutter Crawford (3-3, 3.86 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 56 strikeouts); Royals: Brad Keller (5-12, 4.61 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 76 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Red Sox -140, Royals +120; over/under is 9 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Kansas City Royals face the Boston Red Sox, leading the series 2-1.
Kansas City has a 43-65 record overall and a 24-31 record in home games. The Royals are 26-14 in games when they scored at least five runs.
Boston is 28-28 on the road and 54-55 overall. The Red Sox have a 38-11 record in games when they out-hit their opponents.
Sunday’s game is the fourth time these teams meet this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Bobby Witt Jr. has 19 doubles, five triples and 15 home runs while hitting .257 for the Royals. Salvador Perez is 9-for-37 with a double and five home runs over the last 10 games.
Xander Bogaerts has 28 doubles, nine home runs and 47 RBI while hitting .312 for the Red Sox. Alex Verdugo is 12-for-36 with four doubles and a home run over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 4-6, .224 batting average, 4.76 ERA, outscored by 18 runs
Red Sox: 5-5, .230 batting average, 4.14 ERA, outscored by six runs
INJURIES: Royals: Edward Olivares: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Angel Zerpa: 60-Day IL (knee), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)
Red Sox: Brayan Bello: 15-Day IL (groin), Eric Hosmer: day-to-day (neck), Rob Refsnyder: 10-Day IL (knee), Kike Hernandez: 60-Day IL (hip), Chris Sale: 15-Day IL (finger), Trevor Story: 10-Day IL (hand), Matt Strahm: 15-Day IL (wrist), Michael Wacha: 15-Day IL (shoulder), Tyler Danish: 15-Day IL (elbow), Josh Taylor: 60-Day IL (back), James Paxton: 60-Day IL (elbow)