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Thursday, July 24 (All times Eastern)

Cleveland Indians (51-50) at Kansas City Royals (50-50), 8:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Corey Kluber (10-6, 2.95) Kansas City - Danny Duffy (5-10, 2.66)

(SportsNetwork.com) - Corey Kluber rocks in Cleveland, but what the right- hander hasn't consistently shown is whether he can do so in other places, too.

Another chance comes Thursday night in Kansas City, where he takes the hill for the Indians as they return to Kauffman Stadium to open a four-game series with the host Royals.

Kluber is 4-1 in his last five starts with a stingy 1.96 earned run average after toppling Detroit, 6-2, on Saturday.

"I'm not trying to strike guys out. My game plan is to go out there and pound the strike zone," Kluber said. "If it happens to get some swing-and-misses, great. If it happens to get some early outs, great."

He was a 4-1 winner over the Royals in Cleveland on July 6 -- allowing one run and striking out 10 in 8 1/3 innings -- and also defeated Kansas City, 5-1, while striking out 11 at home on April 24.

In one start between those two at Kansas City, however, he was raked for six runs in a 9-5 loss on June 10. Over five road starts against the Royals, he's won just once and his ERA has soared to 6.15.

Cleveland was leading the majors with its July record until dropping two of three against Minnesota earlier this week. The Indians have dropped three of four overall while hitting a collective .214.

"We just didn't do much offensively," manager Terry Francona said.

Kansas City had lost four straight before rebounding with consecutive defeats of the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Lefty Danny Duffy gets the call for the opener with Cleveland in the midst of a hard-luck stretch that's seen him go 1-5 in six starts with a 2.41 ERA.

He's gotten four runs of support in the five losses.

In a matchup with Kluber earlier this month, Duffy allowed 10 hits in six innings. In three starts against the Indians, all in Cleveland, he's 1-1 with a 5.51 ERA.

The Royals have won six of their last seven versus Cleveland at home.

07/24 10:49:44 ET

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UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
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SFG 0
KAN 0
 
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WISC 52
MD 7
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SMU 10
MEM 48
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ILL 28
MINN 24
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RICE 41
UNT 21
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NEB 42
RUTG 24
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KST 23
TEX 0
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ARK 45
UAB 17
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UVA 27
UNC 28
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EMICH 17
NILL 28
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NAVY 41
SJST 31
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BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
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TOL 42
UMASS 35
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WMICH 42
OHIO 21
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COL 37
UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
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MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
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SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
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MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
 
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
 
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WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
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MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
4th
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 38
 
2nd
CLEM 3
SYR 3
 
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LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
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TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 17
 
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COLST 24
WYO 3
 
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LSU 0
MISS 7
 
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TENN 0
ALA 13
 
2nd
AUB 7
SCAR 7
 
1st
PSU 0
OSU 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
2nd
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
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NYI 3
DAL 2
 
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PHI 0
DET 1
 
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OTT 0
NJD 0
 
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MON 1
NYR 1
 
1st
STL 0
CHI 1
 
1st
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
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MIN 0
TAM 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
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CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14