Trying to keep rolling against Royals

Coming off their ninth series sweep of the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers will try to maintain their momentum when they host the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Friday.

He left a game in May 2016 after two innings because of a hamstring cramp, then was chased after 2 1/3 innings last August after giving up three runs in an eventual 3-2 win by Los Angeles.

Hammel lost five of his final seven regular-season starts last season as his ERA climbed from 2.75 to 3.83, and he was left off the postseason roster in each of the three rounds that concluded with the Cubs winning their first World Series since 1908.

After signing a two-year, $16 million free agent deal with Kansas City in February, he lost six of his first seven decisions this season.

In 18 career games against the Dodgers, 14 of them starts, Hammel is 2-7 with a 5.00 ERA.