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Royals vs. Indians: McAllister makes his final start of 2012

The Indians and Royals will meet for the final time in 2012 on Sunday afternoon after splitting the first two games of the season's penultimate series. Cleveland has a three-game set at home against the White Sox remaining after this one.

Luke Hochevar will get the start for the Royals, he's gone 8-15 with a 5.43 ERA in 2012. The former No. 1 overall selection has peripherals that would probably suggest slightly better results than he's seen this year, and he's been striking out batters at a career-high rate of 6.82 per nine innings on the season. He was hit hard in his last start though, giving up a season-high 12 hits against the Tigers.

Zach McAllister will be opposing Hochevar on Sunday. The Indians rookie has compiled a 5-8 record with a 4.25 ERA in 2012. McAllister has been striking out loads of batters, but he's a very flyball-oriented pitcher who is prone to giving up home runs. This will be McAllister's final start in 2012.

The game will begin at 1:05 p.m. ET Sunday at Progressive Field. Radio coverage can be found on WTAM 1100, while television coverage is available on STO.

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