American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, June 10th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Tigers (35-26) at Kansas City Royals (28-32), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Detroit - Doug Fister (5-3, 3.27)
Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (6-3, 3.66)
(Sports Network) - The two hottest teams in the American League Central square
off on Monday, as the Kansas City Royals host the Detroit Tigers for the
opener of a three-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
The Tigers notched their fourth consecutive victory with Sunday's 4-1 win over
Cleveland. Jose Alvarez, making his big league debut, allowed only one run on
three hits to go along with seven strikeouts over six innings. Don Kelly
headlined the offense with a three-run home run in the sixth inning.
As a result, the Tigers extended their division lead to a season-high 5 1/2
games over second-place Cleveland, and they are 6 1/2 games ahead of the
However, they'll now go up against a Kansas City squad that is seeking its
first six-game winning streak in two years. The Royals were in a scoreless tie
with Houston on Sunday before plating two runs in the eighth inning to claim a
2-0 victory. Starter Luis Mendoza tossed seven shutout innings, and manager
Ned Yost turned it over to a bullpen that has not allowed a run in 17 2/3
"I'm fully stocked," Yost said of his relief corps. "It doesn't matter how
long this game goes, I've got enough pitching to wait it out."
Taking the hill for Kansas City is Jeremy Guthrie, who has pitched at least
six innings in 11 of his 12 starts this season. The right-hander overcame a
39-pitch fist inning to last six frames against Minnesota on Wednesday, as the
Royals claimed a 4-1 victory that began their current streak. That outing also
ended a four-start winless streak for Guthrie, who has held opposing hitters
to a .205 average in five home starts.
Meanwhile, Tigers starter Doug Fister will hope for some long awaited run
support. The Tigers normally potent offense has not scored a run over Fister's
last 16 1/3 innings.
Fister took a shutout into the ninth inning Wednesday at Tampa Bay. However,
he went on to give up three runs in that final frame as the Tigers lost, 3-0.
"There always seems to be one guy who takes the brunt of these stretches where
we can't get him any runs and Doug is getting that right now," catcher Alex
These teams split two games in Detroit from April 24-25 in what was their only
previous meeting so far this season.
06/10 10:27:39 ET