Divi­sion matchups mag­nify im­por­tance

USA TODAY Sports Weekly - - LEADING OFF - Mookie Betts Keon Brox­ton Matt Car­pen­ter

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.

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