Royals-Tigers Preview

Johnny Damon is on the verge of what could be his final game

with the Detroit Tigers.

In possibly his last appearance in his current uniform, the

veteran looks to help his club to a fifth consecutive victory

Tuesday night against the visiting Kansas City Royals.

Damon was claimed on waivers by Boston prior to Detroit’s 12-3

win over Kansas City on Monday. He has until Wednesday to decide if

he wants to accept a return to the Red Sox, whom he helped lead to

a World Series title in 2004.

Damon would have to waive his no-trade clause for Boston to

acquire him.

“My teammates are making this decision easier by saying they

want me to stay,” Damon said. “My gut and everything else tells me

that Detroit’s the place for me.

“I understand if it could help the Tigers in the future, I have

to look at it that way.”

Damon, 2 for 4 with an RBI on Monday, is hitting .272 with seven

home runs and 41 RBIs in his first season with Detroit (62-63).

The Tigers recorded 17 hits and their second-highest run total

of the season in their fifth straight home victory. Ryan Raburn,

Jhonny Peralta and Brandon Inge each had three RBIs for Detroit,

which has scored 31 runs while going 4-0 on a six-game


Raburn has batted .352 with 11 RBIs in his last 14 games to

raise his average from .210 to .243. He is 5 for 10 against the

Royals (53-71) at home this season.

The Tigers’ Rick Porcello (5-11, 5.76 ERA) looks to avoid losing

his second straight start. After going 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA in his

previous two starts, the right-hander gave up six in five innings

of an 11-5 road loss to New York on Thursday.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Porcello told the Tigers’

official website. “Gotta be a little bit better next time.”

Porcello, 1-1 with a 4.88 ERA in four starts versus Kansas City,

allowed three runs and 10 hits in six innings of a 7-3 home loss to

the Royals on April 14. He did not get a decision.

Kyle Davies (6-7, 5.14) earned the victory in that contest after

giving up three runs in 6 2-3 innings.

Though the right-hander is 2-6 with a 5.40 ERA in nine career

starts against Detroit, he has gone 1-0 with a 3.55 ERA in his last

two versus the Tigers – both at Comerica Park.

Davies allowed three runs and seven hits in each of his last two

starts, going 1-0. He struck out five over 7 1-3 innings of a 7-3

loss to Cleveland on Thursday.

Billy Butler had two hits with an RBI on Monday for Kansas City,

which has totaled 11 runs during a five-game road losing


Butler has batted .343 in his last 10 games. He is hitting .368

with eight RBIs versus Detroit in 2010.