DETROIT, MI - MAY 01: Luke Hochevar #44 of the Kansas CIty Royals reacts after giving up three runs in the first inning during the game against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 1, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Royals Vs. Tigers: Chris Getz' Infield Single Lifts KC Past Detroit

Luke Hochevar gave up nine earned runs in four innings in Kansas City's loss.

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Royals Vs. Tigers Final Score: KC Beats Verlander, Tigers 3-2

Justin Verlander didn't get the best of the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Jonathan Sanchez didn't quite go toe-to-toe with the reigning MVP and Cy Young winner, but the Royals still managed to scratch out a 3-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon.

Kansas City jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning when Eric Hosmer doubled, scoring Jarrod Dyson. Jeff Francoeur grounded out in the sixth, plating Alex Gordon and giving the Royals a 2-0 lead.

Detroit tied the game in the eighth inning, when Brennan Boesch homered off of Aaron Crow. Crow was charged with both earned runs, and gave up two runs on two hits while only recording two outs.

With two outs and Mike Moustakas on third in the ninth inning, Chris Getz reached on an infield single, scoring Moustakas and giving the Royals a 3-2 lead.

After giving up a one-out infield single to Alex Avila, Jonathan Broxton got Andy Dirks to ground into a 4-6-3 double play, ending the game and giving the Royals the win.

Jonathan Sanchez, who started for the Royals, did not factor into the decision. Sanchez lasted just five innings, but only gave up one hit while walking two and striking out two.

Kansas City will return home to Kauffman Stadium on Thursday to open up a four-game set with the New York Yankees.

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Royals Vs. Tigers: Wednesday Lineups Announced, K.C. Keeps 1-6 The Same

The usual Ned Yost shakeups are on tap for Wednesday's matinee game between the Royals and the Detroit Tigers. The 1-6 slots will stay the same as Tuesday (despite K.C. struggling in the heart of the order), but Brayan Pena will replace Humberto Quintero at catcher, while second baseman Chris Getz will replace Yuniesky Betancourt.

Kansas City:

1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF

2. Alex Gordon (L) LF

3. Billy Butler (R) DH

4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B

5. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF

6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B

7. Brayan Pena (S) C

8. Chris Getz (L) 2B

9. Alcides Escobar (R) SS

Detroit:

1. Austin Jackson (R) CF

2. Brennan Boesch (L) RF

3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B

4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B

5. Ryan Raburn (R) LF

6. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS

7. Alex Avila (L) C

8. Brad Eldred (R) DH

9. Danny Worth (R) 2B

Read more about the Royals at Royals Review. For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys. For more news and notes around Major League Baseball, be sure to visit our MLB hub page, Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. Tigers: Game 2 Preview, TV Info And More

The struggling Royals will have to face Justin Verlander and hope to avoid a two-game sweep in Detroit Wednesday afternoon, as the heart of the KC batting order has gone cold - Eric Hosmer and Jeff Francoeur (the four and five hitters) are hitting a combined .216 so far this year.

One Royal has made a career of hitting well in Detroit - designated hitter Billy Butler has a .337 batting average and 30 RBI in Comerica, the most of any Royal in the lineup.

Date / Time: Wednesday, May 2, 12:05 p.m. CT

Location: Comerica Field, Detroit, Michigan

TV: MLB Network

Radio: KCSP 610 AM

Probable Starters: Justin Verlander (2-1) vs. Jonathan Sanchez (1-1)

Read more about the Royals at Royals Review. For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys. For more news and notes around Major League Baseball, be sure to visit our MLB hub page, Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. Tigers: Luke Hochevar Blasted in 9-3 Loss

Kansas City starter Luke Hochevar gave up nine runs over four innings as the Royals lost the first game of a rain-shortened series 9-3 on Tuesday night in Detroit.

After Monday's game was rained out and postponed for later in the season, Hochevar got another day of rest. The Tigers went with a different plan, skipping Monday's starter, Duane Below, and going with Rick Porcello. Detroit seemed to make the right decision, as Porcello gave up three earned runs on seven hits over eight innings.

Jeff Francoeur went 3-for-4 with one of the strangest doubles you'll see. In the top of the ninth, a fly ball to left center field bounced off the yellow padding on the top of the wall and Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson grabbed it. The umpires eventually ruled the hit a ground-rule double, although it didn't appear anyone was certain what the rule was. But at that point in the game, it didn't matter.

Jarrod Dyson went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Alex Gordon went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys.

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Royals Vs. Tigers Starting Lineups: Kansas City Shuffles Again

The Royals will start an abbreviated two-game set at Detroit Tuesday night after Monday's first game was rained out. Aside from the pitching changes from the initial game, the Tigers have switched their 8/9 batters (Santiago and Kelly). The Royals are slightly shuffled as usual - they've had 17 different batting orders this season alone:

Kansas City:

1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF

2. Alex Gordon (L) LF

3. Billy Butler (R) DH

4. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B

5. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF

6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B

7. Yuniesky Betancourt (R) 2B

8. Humberto Quintero (R) C

9. Alcides Escobar (R) SS

Detroit:

1. Austin Jackson (R) CF

2. Brennan Boesch (L) RF

3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 3B

4. Prince Fielder (L) 1B

5. Andy Dirks (L) DH

6. Alex Avila (L) C

7. Jhonny Peralta (R) SS

8. Ramon Santiago (S) 2B

9. Don Kelly (L) LF

Read more about the Royals at Royals Review. For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys. For more news and notes around Major League Baseball, be sure to visit our MLB hub page, Baseball Nation.

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Royals Vs. Tigers: Teams Set To Open Two-Game Set After Monday Rainout

The Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers are set to start an abbreviated two-game set on Tuesday after a rainout on Monday night.

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AL Central Standings: Royals Back 5.5 Games In Mediocre Division

As poorly as the Royals have played through the first month of the season, they are rather lucky. Kansas City is still somehow only 5.5 games back of the first place Cleveland Indians -- yes, Cleveland -- even after losing 12 consecutive games. Since then, they've started to get back on track but the season record still stands at a miserable 6-15 record. The good news is that the leader is only 11-9.

Without a dominant team thus far, the Royals are within striking distance of first place with a short hot streak and as the weather heats up, so should the bats. Here's the current look at the AL Central standings:


AL Central Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Cleveland 11 9 .550 0 Won 1
Chicago 11 11 .500 1 Won 1
Detroit 11 11 .500 1 Lost 1
Kansas City 6 15 .285 5.5 Lost 1
Minnesota 6 15 .285 5.5 Won 1

(updated 4.30.2012 at 10:14 PM EDT)


For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys.

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Royals Pitcher Tommy Hottovy Ready For Homecoming At Kauffman Stadium

As a Kansas City native, Tommy Hottovy is ready to make his debut at home for the Royals. While he already broke into the majors last season, Dick Kaegel has the story of Hottovy's excitement to finally pitch at Kauffman Stadium -- a place he's dreamed about since he was a kid.

"Pitcher-wise, I loved [Bret] Saberhagen, obviously, and [Jeff] Montgomery. But [Dan] Quisenberry was one of my favorites, too, and now that I kind of throw sidearm, it's fun to look back," Hottovy said, remembering Quiz's famous side-winding delivery.

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Royals Vs. Tigers: Game 1 Rained Out, Rescheduled For Sept. 24

The first game in a three-game set between the Royals and Tigers has been rained out in Detroit. There was steady rain in the area all day and there were no signs of it going away. The teams will play the game on Monday, Sept. 24 at 7:05 p.m. ET. It was a mutual off-day for both teams.

It is the second rainout in three days for the Royals, who had a game at Minnesota on April 28 postponed and rescheduled for later in the season.

The pitching matchups in the series will be a little different than originally planned. Kansas City will stick with Luke Hochevar, pushing him back a day to pitch on Tuesday. The Tigers were set to give left-hander Duane Below his first start of the season, but will instead skip over him. Rick Porcello is scheduled to make the start for Detroit on Tuesday. Jonathan Sanchez will go against Justin Verlander on Wednesday.

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys.

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Royals Vs. Tigers: Starting Lineups Announced

The Royals will hand the ball over to starting pitcher Luke Hochevar on Monday night in Detroit, seeking their seventh win of the season and hoping to pick up ground in the AL Central division.

Here's a look at the starting lineup for each side.

Kansas City:

1. Jarrod Dyson, centerfield, L

2. Alex Gordon, left field, L

3. Billy Butler, designated hitter, R

4. Eric Hosmer, first base, L

5. Jeff Francouer, right field, R

6. Mike Moustakas, third base L

7. Yuniesky Betancourt, second base, R

8. Humberto Quintero, catcher, R

9. Alcides Escobar, shortstop, R

Detroit:

1. Austin Jackson, centerfield, R

2. Brennan Boesch, right field, L

3. Miguel Cabrera, third base, R

4. Prince Fielder, first base, L

5. Andy Dirks, designated hitter, L

6. Alex Avila, catcher, L

7. Jhonny Peralta, shortstop, R

8. Don Kelly, left field, L

9. Ramon Santiago, second base, S

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys.

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Tigers Vs. Royals: Game Time, TV Info And More


While the Kansas City Royals have yet to win at home, they hold a respectable 6-5 record on the road. They'll look to build on that when they head to Detroit for a three game series.

On Monday, the Royals will try to become the first team this season to score a run off Tigers pitcher Duane Below. After making five relief appearances this season, Below is jumping into the starting rotation. He has two prior career starts.

Luke Hochevar takes the hill against Below. His ERA is barely under 5.00, but in four starts this season, he has allowed more than two runs just once.

Game date/time: Monday, April 30, 6:05 p.m. ET

Location: Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan

Pitching Matchup: Luke Hochevar (2-1, 4.98 ERA) vs. Duane Below (2-0, 0.00 ERA)

TV: Fox Sports Kansas City

Radio: 610 KCSP

Online Streaming: MLB.tv

For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. For more on the Tigers, check out Bless You Boys.

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Royals Vs. Tigers: Eric Hosmer Hopes To Find His Swing Against Division Rivals

The Royals hope to extend their winning ways against the division favorites.

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