KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 20: After fielding a ball hit by Mike Aviles of the Boston Red Sox, Felipe Paulino #59 of the Kansas City Royals throws to first in the the third inning at Kauffman Stadium on August 20, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. Aviles advanced to second on Paulino's throwing error. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
The Royals start a six-game home stretch against two last place teams - Oakland and Minnesota - with a chance to climb back up the AL Central standings.
Felipe Paulino will start the Royal's homestand against Oakland as arguably the team's strongest pitcher of late, throwing three shutouts in his last five starts, dropping his ERA to 2.03 entering Friday. In his last start, Paulino gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings of work, but got the win against Baltimore.
During their last meeting in early April, Kansas City took two of three from the A's. The Royals could use a boost against the struggling A's - Oakland is 2-8 in their last ten games and in last place in the AL West - before playing the struggling Twins next week, providing a chance for the club to pull towards .500 before Interleague play resumes.
Date / Time: Friday, June 1, 7:10 p.m. CT
Location: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV: Fox Sports KC
Radio: KCSP 610
Probable Starters: Felipe Paulino (2-1) vs. Bartolo Colon (4-5)