American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, May 20th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (20-20) at Houston Astros (12-32), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (5-1, 2.82)
Houston - Dallas Keuchel (0-1, 4.82)
(Sports Network) - Righty Jeremy Guthrie tries to get back on the winning side
of the ledger on Monday night when the Kansas City Royals visit Minute Maid
Park to open a three-game series with the Houston Astros.
A former first-round pick of the Cleveland Indians in 2002, Guthrie opened
2013 with five victories and no losses in his initial seven starts while
posting a 2.28 earned run average in 47 1/3 innings. That gave him a string of
10 straight victories dating back to last season as well as a club-record 18-
game unbeaten streak.
Those streaks came to an end in his most recent start, however, when the Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim beat him, 6-2, while touching him for 11 hits and
five runs in seven innings.
Prior to that start, Guthrie had allowed just 42 hits and 13 runs.
He's 2-0 in three career starts against the Astros and won his lone start in
Houston after allowing three runs on four hits in seven innings.
For Houston, lefty Dallas Keuchel starts for the third time after opening his
season with six relief outings.
The 25-year-old had a 4.96 ERA and a loss as a reliever between April 6-May 7,
then returned to the starting rotation - where he'd made 16 starts as a rookie
Keuchel pitched six innings and allowed two runs against Texas in his starting
debut on May 10, then got another no-decision following a 5 2/3-inning, seven-
hit effort at Detroit five days later.
The Astros are 3-5 in the eight games he's pitched.
He has never faced the Royals.
On Sunday in Oakland, Yoenis Cespedes hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth
inning and the Athletics swept a three-game series against the Royals with a
Leading off the eighth, Cespedes knocked a 1-0 pitch off Kelvin Herrera (2-4)
deep into left center.
Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer and Chris Getz each drove in one run for the Royals,
who have lost seven of their last nine games. Starter Luis Mendoza gave up
three runs -- two earned -- on eight hits in six-plus innings.
"It's just too bad," said Getz. "We got to bounce back, get through this and
In Pittsburgh, Jeff Locke fired seven shutout innings to outduel Lucas
Harrell, while Pedro Alvarez's solo homer provided the only scoring in the
Pirates' 1-0 victory over the Astros at PNC Park.
Harrell (3-5) held Pittsburgh to four hits and a walk while recording 13 outs
on the ground over seven innings, but was dealt a hard-luck defeat when
Alvarez connected on his eighth homer of the season in the bottom of the
"It was vintage Luke Harrell," said Astros manager Bo Porter. "It was ground
ball after ground ball, it was efficient (with his) pitch count. "We just
didn't score any runs."
The Royals have won two of three from the Astros in each of the last four
series between the teams, dating back to 2006. Houston last won the season
series in 2005.
05/20 10:22:38 ET