The Toronto Blue Jays host the Kansas City Royals on Saturday

Kansas City Royals (36-54, fifth in AL Central) vs. Toronto Blue Jays (48-43, fourth in AL East)

Toronto; Saturday, 3:07 p.m. EDT

PROBABLE PITCHER: Royals: Daniel Lynch (0-0); Blue Jays: TBD

BOTTOM LINE: The Toronto Blue Jays host the Kansas City Royals on Saturday.

Toronto is 48-43 overall and 28-19 at home. The Blue Jays are 24-13 in games when they have homered at least two times.

Kansas City is 17-27 on the road and 36-54 overall. The Royals have the team batting average sixth in the AL at .243.

Saturday’s game is the sixth meeting between these teams this season. The Blue Jays have a 3-2 lead in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. leads the Blue Jays with 20 home runs while slugging .478. Teoscar Hernandez is 14 for 38 with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games.

Bobby Witt Jr. has 18 doubles, five triples and 13 homers for the Royals. Emmanuel Rivera is 11 for 34 with three doubles and two RBIs in the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Blue Jays: 4-6, .294 batting average, 3.10 ERA, beat opponents by one run

Royals: 6-4, .270 batting average, 3.89 ERA, outscored by eight runs

INJURIES: Blue Jays: Yusei Kikuchi: 15-day IL (neck), Julian Merryweather: 60-day IL (side), Tayler Saucedo: 60-day IL (hip), Hyun-Jin Ryu: 60-day IL (fore- arms), Andrew Vasquez: IL 15 days (ankle), Nate Pearson: IL 60 days (mono)

Royals: Daniel Lynch: overnight (blister), Jon Heasley: IL 15 days (shoudler), Salvador Perez: IL 10 days (thumb), Jake Brentz: IL 60 days (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: IL 60 days ( knee), Tyler Zuber: IL 60 days (shoulder)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data write and data from sports radar.

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