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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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    Wednesday at 9:00 pm on WRAL-TV

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STJ 68
DUKE 77
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NCSU 78
ND 81
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NCCU
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UNC
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CHI 84
MIA 96
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CLE 108
OKC 98
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NOP 109
DAL 106
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ORL 99
IND 106
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PHO 100
LAC 120
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ATL 112
MIN 100
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TOR 114
DET 110
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SAN 101
MIL 95
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GSW 114
BOS 111
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DEN 115
WAS 117
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LAL 87
HOU 99
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UCONN 66
SFLA 53
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GT 62
BC 64
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VT 47
UVA 50
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OSU 82
IND 70
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UCF 46
CIN 56
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WICHS 74
DRAK 40
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STJ 68
DUKE 77
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MAR 73
FAIR 67
 
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HART 61
MAINE 70
 
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MAN 71
MON 64
 
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PRIN 96
ROWAN 48
 
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SIENA 55
PETE 69
 
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RIU 53
BONA 48
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BING 54
USB 61
 
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MLOWELL 50
VERM 61
 
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BUT 77
SHU 57
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SALA 55
YALE 72
 
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PITT 68
LOU 80
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ILLST 53
NIOWA 54
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GTDNS 69
UMBC 55
 
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IONA 87
NIAG 64
 
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TENST 55
BEL 63
 
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NCSU 78
ND 81
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VILL 71
CREI 50
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MD 68
NW 67
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UTAH 77
WASH 56
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Final
TEAMFOLI 12
TEAMTOEWS 17
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CARTER 28
IRVIN 32