It is an April showdown for first place in the American League Central beginning Tuesday at Progressive Field in Cleveland, with the Indians, who lead the Royals by 1 1/2 games, playing the Royals.
The Royals, however, are struggling going into Cleveland. Kansas City was swept in a three-game series at Texas and has lost six of its last eight games, to drop to 12-10.
The Indians, too, are in a funk, having lost three straight.
"I don't care what anybody else does," manager Ned Yost of the Royals said. "I just care how we play. We have to play better whether it's Cleveland or not."
The Royals and Indians split a four-game series last week in Kansas City.
After starting the season by winning 10 of their first 14 games, the Royals have been brought back to earth. They are looking to regain their golden touch, which includes four walk-off victories, in Cleveland.
Even if they fail to right they ship in Ohio, the Royals return Friday to Kauffman Stadium for a nine-game homestand.
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