Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals vs. Royals Preview

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Cardinals vs. Royals Preview

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Scouting report: The Cardinals hold a 50-36 interleague edge over the Royals, going 31-18 in Kansas City, where the first two of the four games will be played. But the Royals' 26-10 record at home this season is the major leagues' best.

The teams will play two-game, back-to-back series, one at each site, both this year and next year before engaging in three-game home-and-home series again in 2018.

Salvador Perez, almost certain to be the American League's starting catcher for the All-Star Game, is 35 for 95 (.368) over his last 25 games with six doubles and six homers. ... New Royals leadoff man Whit Merrifield is 21 for 67 (.313) since becoming the No. 1 hitter June 10.

Righthander Yordano Ventura will end his eight-game suspension for an incident in Baltimore on June 7 when he faces the Cardinals on Tuesday. …

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