Royals Vs. Astros: Kansas City Only Five Games Back Of First Place

OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 11: Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals is congratulated by Alcides Escobar #2 of the Kansas City Royals after Gordon hit a home run in the seventh inning to tie their game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on April 11, 2012 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Royals open a series against the Astros, who have lost 16 of their last 21 games.

Quietly, the Kansas City Royals are making a move up the AL Central standings, winning five of their last six games. They now find themselves just five games back of the Chicago White Sox for first place.

The Royals will look to capitalize on a series against the Houston Astros, who have lost 16 of their last 21 games.

Kansas City will open the series by sending Jonathan Sanchez (1-2, 5.93 ERA) to the hill. In four career games against Houston, Sanchez has a 1.65 ERA.

Opposing him will be Astros starter J.A. Happ (4-7, 5.33 ERA). Happ has never faced the Royals and only three of their current players have batted against him.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 CT, and the game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Head over to Royals Review to read more about the Royals. For more on the Astros be sure to check out From The Crawfish Boxes. All your baseball news is available at Baseball Nation.

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