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Series preview: Two surprising teams meet up in the ‘Burgh for two games

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Pittsburgh Piratesv Kansas City Royals Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

Kansas City Royals (14-7) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (11-11), April 27-28, 2021

Location: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA

TV: AT&T Sports Pittsburgh

Radio: KDKA-AM

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The Pirates are in for a quick two-game stretch at home this week against the red hot Royals, completing their eight-game AL Central tour. However, we’re back at PNC, so the DH has walked the plank.

Here’s a look at what we can expect this week:

Projected Starters

Tuesday, 6:35 p.m. EST

Jakob Junis (1-0, 3.71 ERA) vs. Tyler Anderson (2-2, 3.92 ERA)

Wednesday, 6:35 p.m. EST

Mike Minor (2-1, 4.64 ERA) vs. Mitch Keller (1-2, 7.16 ERA)

Projected Lineups


  1. Adam Frazier (2B)
  2. Phillip Evans (3B)
  3. Bryan Reynolds (LF)
  4. Colin Moran (1B)
  5. Gregory Polanco (RF)
  6. Kevin Newman (SS)
  7. Jacob Stallings (C)
  8. Ka’ai Tom (CF)
  9. Starting Pitcher


  1. Whit Merrifield (2B)
  2. Carlos Santana (1B)
  3. Salvador Perez (C)
  4. Jorge Soler (RF)
  5. Hunter Dozier (3B)
  6. Andrew Benintendi (LF)
  7. Jarrod Dyson (CF)
  8. Nicky Lopez (SS)
  9. Starting Pitcher