(AP) -- After putting together gems in back-to-back victories, the Kansas City Royals' pitching imploded in the club's series finale.
But given Jason Vargas' recent history against the Cleveland Indians, the Royals have to like their chances to get back on track Friday night in Kansas City.
The Royals (74-59) allowed a combined two runs and 10 hits in positioning itself to sweep Minnesota. Jeremy Guthrie was shaky Thursday, however, giving up five runs and nine hits over six innings. Four relievers combined for three hitless innings until Bruce Chen gave up six runs, five hits and two walks in the final inning of an 11-5, 10-inning defeat.