The Cleveland Indians have climbed back to .500 following an eight-game losing streak. The Kansas City Royals need one more win to do the same.
These AL Central foes meet in Cleveland for the first time this season Monday night.
With eight strong innings from Corey Kluber, who helped the Indians (34-34) end an eight-game skid Tuesday, Cleveland won for the fourth time in five games Sunday, 2-0 over Washington.
The victory kept the Indians one-half game in front of the Royals (33-34) for second place as Kansas City defeated Tampa Bay 5-3 later Sunday.
The Royals are 12-5 since their own 0-8 stretch.
"Kansas City is playing really well now,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "... They're playing with a lot of confidence."
Kansas City has won each of James Shields' last three starts, but he hasn't picked up a victory during that stretch. Shields (2-6, 2.79 ERA) has posted a 2.14 ERA in those outings but has received three total runs of support.