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Saturday, July 26 (All times eastern)

Cleveland Indians (51-52) at Kansas City Royals (52-50), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Zach McAllister (3-5, 5.28) Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (5-9, 4.56)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Royals eye their fifth win in a row on Saturday as they host the Cleveland Indians in the third test of a four game series at Kauffman Stadium.

While the Tampa Bay Rays are hitting all the right marks during an eight-game win streak right now, the Royals have used their four-game run to ascend into second place in the American League Central Division, but they are still six games out of first, representing the largest difference between the top two spots across baseball.

Yesterday the Royals took advantage of home runs by Salvador Perez, Mike Moustakas and Billy Butler to capture a 6-4 victory versus visiting Cleveland. Perez accounted for three of the team's 10 hits and scored twice, while Raul Ibanez tallied a couple of hits as well, included the second triple of the season for the 42-year old.

"Billy's one of those guys that was born to hit, and he's always going to hit, and you never count guys like that out," Ibanez said of Butler. "You know that eventually he's going to get hot and do what he's capable of doing what he normally does."

Yordano Ventura made the start for the Royals on the hill, but he did not factor into the decision after permitting three earned runs on six hits, striking out seven over 6 1/3 innings. Instead, Kelvin Herrera notched his second victory of 2014 after pitching the eighth, with the save going to Aaron Crow, his second.

Also not around long enough to earn a decision either way was Cleveland starter Josh Tomlin who, like Ventura, was touched for a pair of home runs and three earned runs. Tomlin, who has now surrendered 16 home runs in 15 outings, gave up seven hits and fanned five in 5 1/3 innings.

"It's a problem that needs to be solved," said Tomlin of the home run balls he has served up. "I have to do a better job of working on it and seeing what pitches they're doing that to, and seeing what I'm doing mechanically to make those balls stay over the middle of the plate."

Carlos Santana stroked two home runs for the Indians, driving in three and scoring twice, while David Murphy accounted for another three hits for a Cleveland squad that is one game below .500 on the season, but still third in the division standings at the moment.

Winless since last facing off against Kansas City back on April 21, Zach McAllister has been penciled in as the starter for the Indians tonight.

The right-hander, who has bowed in five of his last eight appearances since defeating the Royals more than three months ago, was on the hill last week at this time against Detroit and failed to register a decision, even as Cleveland came out on top in a 5-2 final.

McAllister made it through 5 1/3 innings, permitting just a single run on three hits and as many walks, while striking out six.

For his career, one that has stretched four years at the major league level, McAllister as a mark of 2-2 with a 4.94 ERA in four meetings with KC.

Also having a tough time finding his way back into the win column is KC starter Jeremy Guthrie. While his drought has not been nearly as long as that of McAllister, Guthrie has come up empty since June 23rd's triumph over the Los Angeles Dodger. Guthrie has fallen in three straight decisions.

The most recent outing for the right-hander out of Stanford took place on Monday when he lasted six innings versus the Chicago White Sox, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks. Guthrie, who has a career mark of 4-5 versus the Tribe, managed to strike out five Sox.

Kansas City hitters are third in the AL in combined batting with a .263 average, yet the squad is the weakest in all of baseball when it comes to home runs, producing a mere 60 through the first 102 games.

07/26 10:20:41 ET

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    Saturday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

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    Saturday at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Saturday at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

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    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. Toronto

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Duke vs. UConn

    Tomorrow at 8:00 pm on 620am

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
CLE 98
ATL 127
Final
CHA 106
PHO 111
Final
DET 106
DAL 117
Final
BOS 109
ORL 92
Final
MIA 87
UTA 105
Final
TOR 105
BRK 89
1st OT
SAN 98
MEM 98
 
2nd
POR 43
MIL 41
 
1st
DEN 29
HOU 21
 
2nd
LAC 30
IND 27
 
Final
UNT 78
LANG 65
 
Final
Terriers 64
DELST 72
 
Final
MSST 55
ARKST 69
Final
NCCU 108
BASC 52
 
Final
GMAS 99
CATAWBA 69
 
Final
WOFF 64
CSOU 58
 
Final
HIGH 106
FERR 48
 
Final
JVU 68
GWEBB 65
 
Final
ILL 73
HAMP 55
 
Final
BST 52
JMU 72
 
Final
YOUNG 84
KNST 90
 
Final
UMO 71
LONG 60
 
Final
PITT 65
MAN 56
Final
OSU 97
NCAT 55
Final
FSU 93
UNF 77
 
Final
TOL 83
RMU 57
 
Final
CAMP 70
SIUE 65
 
Final
DUQ 52
RFLSH 67
 
Final
NCSU 83
TENN 72
Final
UCF 75
DET 70
Final
UNCW 73
LIB 70
 
Final
LOYC 83
ABCHRIST 44
 
Final
MURST 94
ALCOR 56
 
Final
HOU 56
ARKPB 61
 
Final
NW 67
CMICH 80
Final
WKENT 75
CHIST 60
 
Final
ODU 58
UGST 54
 
Final
SMU 67
ILLCH 46
Final
LALAF 115
MLGN 76
 
Final
TULSA 74
MIZST 70
 
Final
UWGB 66
MORE 50
 
Final
NEOM 92
NCOL 82
 
Final
TTU 101
SCST 39
 
Final
DEN 83
TAMCC 73
 
Final
STEPH 66
TXST 60
 
Final
STLU 75
TXPA 69
 
Final
MEM 83
USCU 73
 
Final
ILLST 64
TENNM 54
 
Final
MSU 66
EMICH 46
 
Final
GRCN 80
INCWORD 82
 
Final
STAN 67
LMU 58
 
Final
BAY 66
NMST 55
 
2nd
CIN 54
SDST 52
 
2nd
AUB 76
WINT 61
 
Half
NMU 35
CARK 30
 
2nd
PEPP 28
HOW 25
 
2nd
CPSL 32
NE 35
 
1st
UNLV 26
PORT 22
 
11:00pm Tonight
OREG
CSNO
11:00pm Tonight
WASH
GRAM
Final
NJD 0
OTT 2
Final
MIN 2
BOS 3
2nd
VAN 0
DAL 0