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Probable Pitchers

St. Louis Cardinals @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
John Lackey, RHP
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Lackey faced one over the minimum while needing just 76 pitches in a seven-inning no-decision on Monday. He has finished at least seven innings in half of his eight starts and has allowed one or fewer earned runs three of his last four times out.

Edinson Volquez, RHP
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Volquez shut down the Yankees in last Sunday's series finale, pitching seven innings with five strikeouts and just three hits en route to the team's first shutout of the season.

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St. Louis Cardinals @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Michael Wacha, RHP
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Wacha became the National League's second six-game winner with a quality start on Tuesday. He's allowed two runs or fewer in seven of eight starts and has yet to allow more than six hits in an outing.

Yordano Ventura, RHP
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Ventura has fared slightly worse against lefty batters this season, giving up 13 of his 24 RBIs and four of his six home runs to lefties. Prior to Friday's game, three of the four Cardinals batting above .300 are left-handed.

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Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees

, Yankee Stadium
Jeremy Guthrie, RHP
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Once Guthrie pitched his way out of a first-inning jam Wednesday, he had little trouble shutting out the Reds through six innings and winning his third straight start. But the Royals will need more from him than his past bouts with the Yankees.

Nathan Eovaldi, RHP
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Eovaldi didn't make it out of the fifth inning in his last start, hit for five runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 frames by the Nationals in D.C. His fastball velocity generally ranks among the league leaders. Eovaldi has never faced the Royals.

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Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees

, Yankee Stadium
Danny Duffy, LHP
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No team that Duffy has faced five times or more has given him more trouble than the Yanks -- 8.05 ERA with 23 hits and 17 runs in 19 innings. Against the current Yankees lineup, though, he is allowing just a .220 batting average.

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Warren has stated his case to stay in the rotation with back-to-back quality starts against the Rays and Nationals, but got two losses as the Yanks managed two runs in each game. He has a 1.35 ERA in three relief appearances vs. K.C.

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Kansas City Royals @ New York Yankees

, Yankee Stadium
Chris Young, RHP
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After striking out 16 Orioles on May 10, Pineda has turned in a pair of clunkers against the Royals and Rangers. On May 15 at K.C., Pineda had a mediocre slider and was knocked around for five earned runs and 10 hits, both season highs.

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