BOTTOM LINE: Whit Merrifield and the Royals will take on the Indians Friday.
The Indians are 22-19 on their home turf. Cleveland has slugged .393 this season. Jose Ramirez leads the team with a .524 slugging percentage, including 38 extra-base hits and 18 home runs.
The Royals have gone 15-29 away from home. Kansas City has slugged .390 this season. Salvador Perez leads the team with a mark of .500.
The Indians won the last meeting 7-4. James Karinchak earned his fifth victory and Franmil Reyes went 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs for Cleveland. Greg Holland took his fourth loss for Kansas City.
TOP PERFORMERS: Ramirez leads the Indians with 18 home runs and has 52 RBIs.
Perez leads the Royals with 51 RBIs and is batting .278.
LAST 10 GAMES: Indians: 1-9, .201 batting average, 6.41 ERA, outscored by 30 runs