Kansas City Royals left-hander Mike Minor defeated his former Texas Rangers teammates in his first start of the season in April, but his performance contained some shaky elements. Minor, 33, will look for a much sharper outing when the Royals oppose the Rangers on Friday night in the opener of athree-game set in Arlington, Texas. Minor (6-4, 4.48 ERA) picked up the victory in the 11-4 triumph in Kansas City on April 3, but it was the Royals' offense that bailed him out.
Aaron Judge homered for the first of his three hits, Gary Sánchez connected for the second straight game and New York got its first blowout victory in a month, beating the Kansas City Royals 8-1 Thursday. Judge got the Yankees started with a solo shot in the first, Luke Voit had another in the third and Sánchez blew the game open with a three-run drive in the sixth. New York had not won by more than four runs since a 7-0 rout of the Chicago White Sox on May 22.
Kansas City Royals (33-40, third in the AL Central) vs. Texas Rangers (27-48, fifth in the AL West) Arlington, Texas; Friday, 8:05 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Mike Minor (6-4, 4.48 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 92 strikeouts) Rangers: Dane Dunning (2-6, 4.71 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 71 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Rangers -107, Royals -109; over/under is 8 runs BOTTOM LINE: Whit Merrifield and the Royals will take on the Rangers Friday. The Rangers are 17-21 on their home turf.