American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 28th
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Tigers (69-58) at Kansas City Royals (56-71), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Justin Verlander (12-7, 2.50)
Kansas City - Luis Mendoza (7-9, 4.26)
(Sports Network) - Reigning American League Cy Young Award winner Justin
Verlander can continue a career's worth of success against the Kansas City
Royals Tuesday when the Detroit Tigers visit Kauffman Stadium to open a three-
Verlander, who won the AL's top pitching honors after going 24-5 with a 2.40
earned run average in 251 innings last season, got to half that win total this
season with a 7-2 defeat of the New York Yankees on Aug. 6 in Detroit.
He's picked up no-decisions in three straight starts since while allowing six
runs on 17 hits in 22 innings.
The Tigers have won two of the three games.
Lifetime against the Royals, Verlander is a dominant 14-2 across 21 starts
with 134 strikeouts in 141 innings, while permitting an opposition batting
average of .214 and posting a 2.36 ERA.
Kansas City replies with right-hander Luis Mendoza, who hopes to add to a
career-high win total in his third lifetime start against the Tigers.
The 28-year-old had topped out at three wins for a season - across 25
appearances with Texas in 2008 - heading into 2012, which has seen him start a
career-high 18 times in 23 outings.
He picked up win No. 7 two starts ago against the Chicago White Sox after
allowing two runs on four hits - with a walk and six strikeouts - across seven
innings of a 4-2 triumph.
Mendoza has won three of five starts in August while lowering his ERA slightly
from 4.47 to 4.26.
He's 1-1 with an 8.80 ERA against the Tigers in seven games, which include two
starts. Detroit has compiled a .328 batting average against him in 15 1/3
On Monday in Boston, Daisuke Matsuzaka returned from the disabled list and
picked up his first win of 2012, while Cody Ross drove in three runs as the
Red Sox downed Kansas City, 5-1, in the finale of a four-game series.
Alex Gordon hit safely twice and drove in the lone run for the Royals, who
have dropped four of five overall.
Luke Hochevar (7-12) went the distance in defeat, charged with eight hits and
five runs - all but one earned - while fanning six and walking one.
On Sunday in Detroit, Prince Fielder and Delmon Young slammed back-to-back
home runs to break a sixth-inning tie and lift the Tigers to a 5-2 victory,
their fifth win in six games.
Max Scherzer (14-6) was the beneficiary, picking up his fourth straight win in
the rubber match of the three-game series.
Scherzer gave up one run on four hits and a pair of walks with nine strikeouts
in seven innings.
"I was locating the whole day," he said. "I only made a couple mistakes. I did
a good job of executing pitches throughout the whole night."
"(Scherzer) executed," Angels catcher Chris Iannetta said. "He mixed up three
pitches. Throwing the ball 97, there's a reason why he leads the league in
Over his last four starts, Scherzer has pitched to a 1.33 earned run average.
Detroit won seven of the first eight games between the teams in 2012,
including a sweep of a three-game set at Comerica Park from July 6-8. Kansas
City last won the season series in 2008.
08/28 10:33:21 ET