Interleague Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, June 23
(All times Eastern)
Los Angeles Dodgers (42-35) at Kansas City Royals (39-36), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Los Angeles - Zack Greinke (9-3, 2.57)
Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (4-6, 3.86)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Former American League Cy Young Award winner Zack
Greinke returns to Kansas City on Monday night, when the Los Angeles Dodgers
visit Kauffman Stadium for the first of three games with the Royals.
Greinke was the AL's best pitcher in 2009 -- his seventh season with the
Royals -- before being dealt to Milwaukee before the 2010 schedule began. He
returned to Kansas City with the Brewers in 2012, then came back as a member
of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after a trade later that season.
He's gotten no-decisions in each of the return trips while allowing two runs
in 15 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers haven't played in Kansas City since 2005.
Greinke was winless in three starts before defeating Colorado, 4-2, on
Kansas City has lost four straight since winning 10 in a row.
Los Angeles has won seven interleague road games in a row and 10 of its last
Royals starter Jeremy Guthrie is facing the Dodgers for the first time,
crossing the only team in the majors off the list of those he hadn't
previously met over 11 seasons.
He's now won two straight starts after defeating Detroit, 2-1, on Wednesday
after giving up a single run in 6 2/3 innings. In his last five at home,
though, he's 0-4 with a 3.71 ERA.
On Sunday in San Diego, Los Angeles starter Hyun-Jin Ryu and a trio of Dodgers
relievers made an early lead stand up in a 2-1 win over the Padres at Petco
Ryu (9-3) tossed five shutout innings before allowing a run in the sixth. The
Padres had just one baserunner in the final three innings against the Los
Angeles bullpen. Kenley Jansen threw 13 pitches while striking out the side in
the ninth for his 22nd save of the season.
The Dodgers scored a run in each of the first two innings against San Diego
starter Eric Stults (2-10).
In Kansas City, Mike Zunino accounted for both Seattle runs as the Mariners
completed a three-game sweep over the Royals with a 2-1 win.
Justin Maxwell drove in Kansas City's lone run and Salvador Perez had two hits
for the Royals. Yordano Ventura (5-6), who entered the game with three
straight wins, was tagged with the loss after giving up two runs on six hits
in seven frames.
06/23 10:34:57 ET