Division matchups magnify importance
Central during a three-game series at Progressive Field. The team have split 12 games this season, though the Royals, alive in the wild-card race, took two of three in a May visit to Cleveland. salvage respectability with a strong showing against the division leaders, while Boston would like to pad its lead. Boston’s 7-3 lead in the season series includes a 5-1 record at Toronto, and it has outscored the Blue Jays 60-34.
is hitting .409 (18-for-44) with three homers, 17 RBI and 13 runs against Toronto this season. over the previous four years. Center fielder is hitting .410 (16-for-39) with three doubles, two triples and three home runs against St. Louis this season. Cardinals first baseman
is batting .326 (15-for-46) vs. Milwaukee.