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Posted on: 06-10-2013

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      The Royals extended their
winning streak to six games
and ended the Tiger four game win string with a 3-2 Monday night decision
to open a 3-game KayCee series.
      Tiger starter Doug Fister took his second straight defeat (5-4) to
remain winless in his last five outings (3-L, 2-ND).
      In those five starts Fister has allowed a combined total of 14 earned
runs, an average of less than three per contest.
      Fister yielded 3-R/3-ER Monday with all the runs in the game being
scored in the 3rd-INN.
      Miguel Cabrera saw two consecutive curveballs from KC starter Jeremy
Guthrie and timed the second one on a 1-0 count to crank a 412-foot,
2rHR (#18) to the LField stairwell to give the Tigers a brief T-3rd lead.
      The Royals came right back in the B-3rd. Salvador Perez placed a 1-out,
2r3B to RCField, past the glove of a diving Tiger CFielder Avisail Garcia, to
tie the game. With 2-outs, Lorenzo Cain legged-out the second INF single
of the inning to SStop, allowing Perez to score the go-ahead/winning run.   
      Guthrie went 6.1-IP to get the win (7-3). Fifth Royals pitcher Greg Holland
pitched a perfect T-9th with 2-K and a flyout by Andy Dirks to end the game
to earn the save (#13).
      Fister tossed a complete game loss with 103-pitches/72-strikes in his 8-IP.
Four of the nine hits off Fister came in the 22-pitch/B-3rd. Fister didn't walk
anybody and struck-out three.         
      Cain was 2-for-3 and Detroit's Torii Hunter 2-for-4 at the plate as the only
batters in the ballgame with multiple hits.
      The Tigers are the only one of the six MLB division leaders with a losing
road record at 13-17. Six of those 17 defeats have been by a single run.

      DET       2-7-0, 8-LOB       (L) Fister, 5-4
      KC          3-9-0, 4-LOB       (W) Guthrie, 7-3; (S) Holland, #13


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "We probably hit too many balls in the air tonight,
but that happens...Gutrie was good, mixed his pitches...and their bullpen did
a good job."      

TIGERS SP DOUG FISTER:   "They put two runs on the board for me and I didn't
make it stand up."

TIGERS RF TORII HUNTER:   "Garcia gave a good effort and missed [on the
Perez triple]. I chased it down. As an ex-center fielder, I know...That's his ball
if he wants it. I've got to get out of the way."

ROYALS MGR NED YOST:   "Just a phenomenal job of pitching on our part."


      The Royals are 7-2 in June after going 8-20 in May. KC's pitching staff has a
1.44-ERA in June.
      Tigers CF Austin Jackson began his injury rehab (left hamstring) assignment
with 3-A Toledo at Rochester Monday night. In the lead-off spot and at DH,
Jackson was 0-for-5 with 1-W & 3-K as the Mud Hens routed the Red Wings 12-4.
      The Tigers recalled RHP Evan Reed from Toledo to fill the roster vacancy
created when LHP Jose Alvarez was sent back to the Mud Hens after a
successful one-day Sunday call-up. Reed's first stint with the Tigers was in
mid-May when he made his MLB debut with two relief appearances at Texas
(4-IP, 1-ER, 1-K).   
      Probable pitchers for the Tuesday night middle game of the KayCee series
are RHPs Wade Davis (3-6) of the Royals vs Max Scherzer (8-0) for the Tigers.


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