Here are the pitching matchups for the final series before the All-Star break, a three-game tilt between the Royals and the Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium:
Friday, 7:10 p.m.: LHP Danny Duffy (2-4, 5.14 ERA) vs. RHP Marco Estrade (6-4, 3.59 ERA).
Saturday, 1:10 p.m.: RHP Chris Young (7-4, 2.89 ERA) vs. LHP Mark Buehrle (9-5, 3.38 ERA).
Sunday, 1:10 p.m.: RHP Edinson Volquez (8-4, 3.40 ERA) vs. LHP Felix Doubront (1-0, 2.00 ERA).
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FROM THE STAR
1. The Royals won their fifth game in a row on Thursday to complete a four-game sweep of the Rays. Blair Kerkhoff has the details.
2. Sam Mellinger wrote a column about the ramifications of Alex Gordon’s injury.
3. Here are the details on Gordon’s eight-week absence, from Blair.
THE ROYALS’ PLAYOFF PERCENTAGE (ACCORDING TO BASEBALL PROSPECTUS)
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“Controlled Mayhem Then Erupts” by Cave In.