Originally posted on Fox Sports Kansas City  |  Last updated 6/8/12
(AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have enjoyed some home success during interleague play in recent years. That likely won't make it easy for the Kansas City Royals to end their road struggles against NL opponents. Looking to continue that interleague and overall home success, the Pirates open a weekend series against the Royals on Friday night. At 82-132, Pittsburgh (29-27) has the majors' worst interleague record. However, the Pirates are 56-54 against AL opponents at home. They've won eight of 12 versus the AL at PNC Park since being swept by the Chicago White Sox from June 15-17, 2010. Pittsburgh is 10-13 overall versus Kansas City, but has won four of six at home against the Royals. The Pirates took two of three there in 2009. Kansas City (24-31), meanwhile, has lost 12 of 15 interleague road games since taking two of three at Cincinnati in 2010. The Royals snapped a seven-game road skid against NL opponents with a 16-8 win at Colorado last July 3. After losing two of three to Minnesota, Kansas City could have a tough time regrouping against a Pittsburgh team that has won five of six at home and returns from a 4-2 trip to Milwaukee and Cincinnati. Light-hitting catcher Michael McKenry roped an RBI double off hard-throwing Reds closer Aroldis Chapman in the 10th inning of a 5-4 victory Thursday. Chapman hadn't allowed an earned run in a club-record 24 appearances covering 29 innings. "Probably as satisfying a win as I've had since I've been here for the ballclub," said Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle, whose team is two games behind the NL Central-leading Reds. Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen is batting .332, but is 3 for 18 in his last five interleague games. Two of those hits left the park during a 4-3 win at Detroit on May 19. Erik Bedard (3-6, 3.72 ERA), who spent his previous eight seasons in the AL, takes the mound for the Pirates on Friday. The left-hander is 3-2 with a 3.00 ERA in six starts against the Royals, but he allowed five runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 6-5 loss at Kansas City last season while with Seattle. Bedard gave up two hits in six scoreless innings of a 10-4 win over the Cubs on May 27, then was roughed up for a season-high five runs in 3 2-3 innings of a 5-1 loss at Milwaukee on Saturday. Kansas City's Billy Butler and Jeff Francoeur are a combined 5 for 7 versus Bedard. Butler is 7 for 16 in his last four games overall but 3 for 16 in his last eight against NL opponents. The Royals still want the designated hitter in the lineup, moving him to first with Eric Hosmer shifting to the outfield. Hosmer is batting .323 in his last nine games Kansas City's Luke Hochevar (3-6, 6.63) is 4-3 with a 5.10 ERA in 11 starts versus NL opponents and 0-3 with a 5.73 ERA in his last four outings overall. The right-hander allowed at least six runs for the fourth time this season, lasting 4 2-3 innings for the second consecutive start in Saturday's 9-3 loss to Oakland. "We think that we need to get him to focus more on his core pitches," manager Ned Yost told the Royals' official website. "If he can do that, we think that's going to be the difference."
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Richard Sherman shades Bills for benching Tyrod Taylor

Report: D’Onta Foreman believed to have torn Achilles’ tendon

Hue Jackson sticking with DeShone Kizer for Week 12

Report: Josh Rosen especially upset over Jim Mora firing

Michael Irvin goes on bizarre rant about offensive linemen

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

White House social media director takes shot at LaVar Ball

Clay Matthews leaves Week 11 game with groin injury

Jim Mora fired by UCLA

WATCH: Texans celebrate Lamar Miller TD with relay in end zone

Hue Jackson reportedly wants more control in front office

Report: Markelle Fultz out at least another 2-3 weeks

Sports & Politics Intersect: Is Jerry out of his league?

The 'An I, Tonya for an eye (or knee)' quiz

Should the Broncos make Tyrod Taylor their next quarterback?

15 mid-majors you need to know before you hear about them in March

NCAA college football 2017 Week 12 predictions

NFL Week 11 predictions

Follow Ben Simmons as he leads us to the NBA's unknown future

The Saints flipped the script to revive their season

The 15 best and 15 worst MLB signings of the last decade

The 'It's a major award!' quiz

Vikings' unnecessary quarterback conundrum is Mike Zimmer's doing

Time to admit the Blues are good, but can they be great?

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Sports & Politics Intersect: Is Jerry out of his league?

15 mid-majors you need to know before you hear about them in March

The 'An I, Tonya for an eye (or knee)' quiz

Should the Broncos make Tyrod Taylor their next quarterback?

The 15 best and 15 worst MLB signings of the last decade

The 'It's a major award!' quiz

Follow Ben Simmons as he leads us to the NBA's unknown future

The Saints flipped the script to revive their season

NFL Week 11 predictions

NCAA college football 2017 Week 12 predictions

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker