Detroit hosts Kansas City after Boyd’s strong outing
Detroit; Saturday, 4 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Homer Bailey (2-3, 5.70 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 30 strikeouts) Tigers: Tyson Ross (2-3, 4.03 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 22 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: The Tigers are 7-7 against opponents from the AL Central. Detroit has hit 21 home runs this season, last in the majors. Niko Goodrum leads them with three while slugging .427.
The Royals are 3-11 on the road. The Kansas City pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 5.08. Brad Keller leads the team with a 4.07 earned run average. The Tigers won the last meeting 4-3. Matthew Boyd earned his third victory and Ronny Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Detroit. Jorge Lopez registered his third loss for Kansas City.
LAST 10 GAMES: Tigers: 5-5, .265 batting average, 5.67 ERA, outscored by 10 runs
Royals: 4-6, .241 batting average, 4.30 ERA, outscored opponents by three runs
Tigers Injuries: Jordan Zimmermann: 10-day IL (elbow), Matt Moore: 60-day IL (knee), Blaine Hardy: 10-day IL (forearm), Michael Fulmer: 60-day IL (elbow), Christin Stewart: 10-day IL (quad), Josh Harrison: 10-day IL (shoulder).