April 17, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals catcher Brayan Pena (27) can't make the tag on Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young (21) at home plate in the second inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE

Royals vs. Tigers: Offense Quiet Again As Tigers Complete Sweep

The Royals offense was silenced by Tigers pitching again as Kansas City fell 4-3 and was swept.

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Danny Duffy Pitches Great, Takes Loss On Himself

Danny Duffy stood toe-to-toe with Justin Verlander all night on Monday evening and nearly bested the Tigers' Cy Young pitcher, but it wasn't meant to be in the 3-2 loss.

Duffy left a pitch up in the fifth inning to Brandon Inge, in what ended up being the winning two-run home run. However Duffy finished with 6.2 innings pitched, allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out seven, while walking just one. 74 of his 106 pitches went for strikes.

On the year Duffy is 1-1 with a 2.13 and quickly becoming the Royals' best pitcher. For the year Duffy has 15 strikeouts against five walks after two outings.

What I enjoy greatly is he didn't try to pin this loss on his teammates for their lack of run support. Facing Verlander or not, Duffy spoke to the media after the game and reiterated how glad he is to be a member of this organization and how it was his fault for leaving the ball up in the zone against Inge. He held himself accountable, when he easily could have pointed the finger at others.

These losses are becoming a tough pill to swallow this early in the season, but Duffy's continued progress provides hope that the Royals are finding a true ace on the staff.

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Royals Lineup Against Justin Verlander And The Detroit Tigers

Going into tonight's game, manager Ned Yost is going with a lineup of

Alex Gordon LF

Chris Getz 2B

Eric Hosmer 1B

Billy Butler DH

Jeff Francoeur RF

Mike Moustakas 3B

Humberto Quintero C

Mitch Maier CF

Alcides Escobar SS

Butler has the most success of any current Royals with a .359/.405/.615 line against Justin Verlander in his career which includes two home runs among his 14 total hits. Meanwhile Frenchy has 5 hits in 13 at-bats versus the Tigers star pitcher. Quintero is the lone Royal in the starting lineup who has yet to face Verlander.

Meanwhile the Tigers have limited success against Kansas City starter Danny Duffy, with the exception of Miguel Cabrera. In eight at-bats, Cabrera has three hits (including two doubles).

If the Royals are to break the current four-game losing streak and obtain their first win at home, they must do so this evening facing a tall task.

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