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Jeremy Guthrie begins series for Royals in Oakland

Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie opens the series against the A’s in Oakland on Friday night.
Kansas City Royals pitcher Jeremy Guthrie opens the series against the A’s in Oakland on Friday night. The Kansas City Star

The Royals completed a 5-2 homestand this past week at Kauffman Stadium, but it was not without a cost. Eric Hosmer was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right hand and could miss up to six weeks.

The team flew to the West Coast late on Thursday evening, unsure when they would make a roster move. Kansas City plans to activate Jason Vargas for his return on Saturday. Until then, it is unclear who will replace Hosmer.

For now, here are the matchups for this weekend at O.co Coliseum:

Friday, 8:35 p.m.: Jeremy Guthrie (6-9, 4.70 ERA) vs. Sonny Gray (12-3, 2.65 ERA).

Saturday, 3:05 p.m.: Jason Vargas (8-4, 3.31 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (10-7, 2.52 ERA).

Sunday, 3:05 p.m.: James Shields (9-6, 3.50 ERA) vs. Scott Kazmir (12-3, 2.37 ERA).

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