White Sox host the Royals to begin 3-game series

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Kansas City Royals (40-62, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Chicago White Sox (51-50, third in the AL Central)

Chicago; Monday, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Brad Keller (5-11, 4.35 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 73 strikeouts); White Sox: Michael Kopech (4-6, 3.16 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 78 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: White Sox -167, Royals +143; over/under is 8 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago White Sox host the Kansas City Royals to begin a three-game series.

Chicago is 51-50 overall and 23-28 at home. White Sox hitters have a collective .385 slugging percentage to rank eighth in the AL.

Kansas City has a 40-62 record overall and an 18-32 record on the road. The Royals are 31-12 in games when they out-hit their opponents.

The teams match up Monday for the ninth time this season. The season series is tied 4-4.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jose Abreu has 12 home runs, 47 walks and 49 RBI while hitting .302 for the White Sox. Tim Anderson is 11-for-35 with two doubles and three RBI over the past 10 games.

Bobby Witt Jr. has 19 doubles, five triples and 14 home runs for the Royals. MJ Melendez is 13-for-38 with four doubles, a home run and three RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: White Sox: 6-4, .273 batting average, 3.74 ERA, outscored opponents by six runs

Royals: 4-6, .266 batting average, 3.72 ERA, outscored by 13 runs

INJURIES: White Sox: Reynaldo Lopez: 15-Day IL (back), Luis Robert: 10-Day IL (illness), Danny Mendick: 60-Day IL (knee), Jake Burger: 10-Day IL (hand), Vince Velasquez: 15-Day IL (finger), Kyle Crick: 15-Day IL (elbow), Aaron Bummer: 15-Day IL (lat), Garrett Crochet: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jonathan Stiever: 60-Day IL (lat)

Royals: Bobby Witt Jr.: day-to-day (hand), Angel Zerpa: 15-Day IL (knee), Edward Olivares: 10-Day IL (quadricep), Daniel Lynch: 15-Day IL (blister), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.