The Indians have beaten the Royals four times this season, and they'll send staff ace Ubaldo Jimenez to the mound on Wednesday at Progressive Field. The right-hander was originally slated to pitch in Thursday's series finale, but Cleveland elected to flip-flop him and Josh Tomlin in order to keep Jimenez on turn.
The Royals, meanwhile, will counter with former top overall Draft selection Luke Hochevar, who faced the Indians once earlier this season and left the game after being struck by a line drive in the ankle. Hochevar, 1-1 with a 5.87 ERA this season, wants to be the one to turn his team around.
"We do have a young team and going through a little skid like this, I think the guys are learning what we need to focus on as opposed to what's going on," Hochevar said. "More focusing on the process, as opposed to the result, and doing the things that we need to do to win a ballgame."
The Indians are 9-6 and have won three straight series, and Wednesday will be just the second game of a six-game homestand. Jimenez has won two straight starts for the Indians -- one of which came in a 13-7 rout of Kansas City -- and has allowed just one home run in his first 18 innings.
The Royals haven't won since April 10, when they had a 3-2 record. They've scored four runs just four times during their 12-game skid, and they've allowed at least that many nine times. Kansas City has been outscored 73-44 over the last 12 games, the third-longest losing streak in team history.
"It doesn't matter," said Hochevar of his team's circumstances. "We know what we need to do, what it takes to get things turned around. So I think that's where our focus is. As for where we're playing, it doesn't matter. Our approach needs to be the exact same, regardless home or on the road."
Royals: Moustakas doing something extra at plate
Third baseman Mike Moustakas had two hits in Tuesday night's loss and will go into Wednesday's game with an even .300 batting average. Moustakas, the second overall selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, hit just .263 as a rookie last year and is one of the Royals' bright spots.
Nine of the 23-year-old's first 18 hits have gone for extra bases, but he's struck out 15 times in his first 16 games. Moustakas had 51 strikeouts in 89 games last year.
Indians: Hafner continues to get on base
Designated hitter Travis Hafner is on a notable streak that has seen him reach base safely in 16 of his last 21 plate appearances. Hafner went 0-for-2 Tuesday, but walked twice and scored in the victory. Hafner, batting .333 for the season, has 11 hits in his last eight games.
The Royals are just one of three teams in MLB history -- along with the 1994 Cubs and 1913 Yankees -- to lose their first 10 home games.
The Royals had a 13-game losing streak in 2006 and a 19-game skid in 2005.
The Indians are just 2-4 at Progressive Field this season.
Jack Hannahan has hit in seven straight games, which is tied for Cleveland's longest streak of the year.