ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 17: Jeff Francoeur #21 of the Kansas City Royals looks to score a run against Tony Cruz #48 of the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on June 17, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Royals beat the Cardinals 5-3 in 15 innings. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
The Royals took two out of three in the I-70 Series in St. Louis, and now return home with the benefit of an extra bat against the defending Champs.
The Royals took two out of three against their in-state rivals at Busch Stadium last week, and will now host the defending World Champions with the benefit of their full hitting lineup. During NL play, Ned Yost rotated Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler at first base, while at home he'll be able to play both against St. Louis. Not that hitting pitchers crippled the Royals - their staff has contributed four hits at the plate this season.
Joe Kelly will against face Kansas City, after 4 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits and one walk in their last meeting in St. Louis.
Date / Time: Friday, June 22, 7:10 p.m. CT
Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV: Fox Sports KC
Radio: KCSP 610
Probable Starters: Joe Kelly (0-0) vs. Vin Mazzaro (3-1)