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Cardinals Vs. Royals Preview: Lynn Leads Way For St. Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals have bludgeoned the Kansas City Royals this weekend by a combined score of 19-6, and if they hit anywhere near as good as they have in those two games, they'll likely leave Kansas City with a sweep. Hoping to be a beneficiary of St. Louis' hot bats is starter Lance Lynn, who will take the hill looking for his 11th win of the season.

Lynn's ERA has ticked up slightly in June, and he is coming off his worse start of the season, having given up five earned runs in five innings to the Detroit Tigers this past Tuesday. The Royals, though, are no Detroit Tigers, and in his other interleague start this season, Lynn shutout the Chicago White Sox across 7.1 innings.

The Cardinals will be facing Royals starter Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez, who was acquired by Kansas City in a trade this offseason that shipped Melky Cabrera to San Francisco, has been a disappointment this season, with an ERA hovering around six. That said, he has been better in his two most recent starts, giving up only four earned runs in 11 innings.

Game date/time: 1:10 p.m. CT

Location: Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

TV: FSN Midwest

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