KANSAS CITY - The Dodgers begin their second road interleague series against a resurgent Kansas City Royals. The Dodgers have perked up, winning seven of their last nine games, the Royals have lost four straight after winning 10 straight games.
Zack Greinke returns to the Kansas City, home of his 2009 Cy Young season. Greinke did pitch against the Royals at Kauffman Stadium twice in 2012, one has a Brewer and the second time as an Angel. Greinke pitched well both times but the Royals won both of those games.
This is only the third time the Dodgers and Royals have played each other since the beginning of interleague play. The last time they played was this game on June 16, 2005 at Kauffman Stadium. Zack Greinke was the Royals starter that day, there is no one on the Dodger roster who was on the team that day.
Justin Turner returned to starting lineup in San Diego and with Juan Uribe continuing his rehab with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes for a few more days, Turner figures to be in the lineup in Kansas City. Turner has had a great June, hitting .391/.451/.500 in 51 plate appearances.
Don Mattingly said that he plans to use Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig at the designated hitter position during this series, making it likely we'll see Scott Van Slyke and Miguel Rojas on the field during those games.
The Dodgers have a well-spaced out six-game winning streak against AL teams on the road, starting with the series last July in Toronto, a Dodgers series sweep. The Dodgers also swept the Twins in Minnesota from April 30-May 1.
Thunderstorms are predicted in the Kansas City area today and Wednesday following a pattern of the Dodgers bringing rain with them once they leave the state of California.
Time: 5:10 p.m. PT
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