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Carlos Hernandez will make his fourth start of the season. Hernandez was decent in his previous start, conceding three runs including one home run in 5.1 innings against the Mariners, and finished with a no-decision in a game the Royals lost. The young right-hander has squandered at least three runs in all three outings and enters with a 6.43 ERA and a 1.79 WHIP in his 14 innings of work on the season. Hernandez was solid against the Yankees last season, conceding three runs in 8.2 innings.
Nicky Lopez is usually batting in the leadoff spot but has not been producing with consistency. The young second baseman only had one base hit against the White Sox this week and is hitting .269 with a .680 OPS on the year. Lopez recorded three RBIs against the Yankees last season.
The Royals are scoring an average of 3.35 runs, landing them 24th overall. They enter with a 4.29 team ERA, pegging them 24th in the bigs.
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