Danny Duffy opens four-game, two-city series for Royals against Cardinals

The last-place Royals limped into Busch Stadium for the start of a four-game, two-city series with their cross-state rivals. The Cardinals host the first two games, the Royals host the final two.

Here are the pitching matchups for this week:

Monday, 7:10 p.m.: LHP Danny Duffy (2-5, 3.57 ERA) vs. RHP Shelby Miller (6-4, 3.94 ERA).

Tuesday, 6:15 p.m.: RHP James Shields (6-3, 3.36 ERA) vs. LHP Jaime Garcia (1-0, 4.12 ERA).

Wednesday, 7:10 p.m.: LHP Jason Vargas (5-3, 3.39 ERA) vs. RHP Adam Wainwright (8-3, 2.32 ERA).

Thursday, 7:10 p.m.: RHP Yordano Ventura (2-5, 3.45 ERA) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (4-3, 2.45 ERA).

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