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Probable Pitchers

Kansas City Royals @ Seattle Mariners

, Safeco Field
Ian Kennedy, RHP
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Kennedy will take the mound in the series finale. Kennedy (2-2, 2.77 ERA) is coming off his shakiest outing of the season against the Angels, giving up seven hits and five runs in six innings in a 6-1 loss.

Taijuan Walker, RHP
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The 23-year-old has emerged as a force in his first four starts with a 1.44 ERA and 0.960 WHIP. Walker struck out a career-best 11 in his last start vs. Houston, including the last six batters faced, and has 25 Ks and just three walks in 25 innings.

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Washington Nationals @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Gio Gonzalez, LHP
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Gonzalez is coming off one of his best months with the Nationals, where through four starts he finished with a 1.42 ERA. He is issuing fewer walks and throwing fewer pitches, which has helped him pitch deeper into games.

Edinson Volquez, RHP
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Volque takes the mound for the Royals in the series opener against the Nationals. Volquez got his first loss of the season Tuesday against the Angels, giving up a career-high 12 hits and eight runs.

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Washington Nationals @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Tanner Roark, RHP
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Roark has not allowed a run in either of his last two starts -- with 21 strikeouts in 14 innings -- and carries a 15-inning scoreless streak into this start. He matches up against Chris Young, his former teammate at Triple-A Syracuse in 2013.

Chris Young, RHP
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Young took the loss in his last start vs. the Angels after giving up three runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings. He's 4-1 with a 3.78 ERA in his career against the Mariners.

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Washington Nationals @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Stephen Strasburg, RHP
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Strasburg has started the year with four consecutive wins for the first time in his career and has been the Nationals' most dominant pitcher. He enters the game with a 40-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 2.25 ERA.

Kris Medlen, RHP
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