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Wednesday, April 18th
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Tigers (7-3) at Kansas City Royals (3-7), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Max Scherzer (0-1, 10.38)
Kansas City - Jonathan Sanchez (1-0, 8.22)
(Sports Network) - Jonathan Sanchez toes the rubber on short rest this
evening, as the Kansas City Royals try to avoid being swept in a three-game
set by the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium.
Luke Hochevar was slated to start tonight's finale, but he will get an extra
day to rest his sore ankle. So, it will be Sanchez, who failed to get out of
the third inning of his last start on Saturday against Cleveland. Sanchez was
battered for five runs and six hits in only 2 2/3 innings of that one, but
escaped without a decision.
"A lot of times if you bring a guy back early it helps tighten his command
up," Yost said. "We had a couple of different options. We could pitch Hoch on
Wednesday or we could totally have him miss a start. Or bump Sanchez up to
Wednesday, hopefully tighten his command up and give Hoch an extra day and a
half before he has to start again."
Sanchez, who has pitched to an 8.22 ERA in two starts this season, lost his
only other start to the Tigers, surrendering three runs and six hits in seven
Detroit will hand the ball to righty Max Scherzer, who is 0-1 with a 10.38
ERA. Scherzer lost on Friday in Chicago, as the White Sox reached him for
three runs and five hits in six innings.
Scherzer is 4-4 lifetime versus the Royals with a 3.90 ERA in 10 starts.
On Tuesday, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each hit an RBI single in the
eighth inning to lift the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals, 3-1.
Ramon Santiago knocked in the other run for Detroit, while Octavio Dotel (1-0)
earned the win with a scoreless inning of relief. Jose Valverde shut the door
in the ninth for his second save of the season.
Drew Smyly made his second career start and allowed an unearned run on seven
hits and a walk for the Tigers, who earned their third straight win.
Bruce Chen (0-1) gave up two runs on six hits through seven-plus innings to
take the loss. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk in the Royals'
sixth consecutive loss.
"It's no fun going through it when you lose six in a row, your first five
games at home when you had so much enthusiasm coming home," Royals manager
Yost said. "It's not fun to do that, but you can't panic."
The Tigers were 11-7 against the Royals last season.
04/18 10:47:38 ET