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Detroit at Kansas City
When: 8:15 PM ET, Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Where: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

The Kansas City Royals need to find a way to keep the opposition's offense in check, and they put their trust in an unknown Tuesday as they continue their three-game series against the visiting Detroit Tigers. Kansas City's pitching staff has imploded of late, surrendering 10 runs apiece in back-to-back losses, as it turns to left-hander Eric Skoglund, who makes his major-league debut.

The Royals squandered 3-0 and 7-6 leads in Monday's 10-7 setback but received a huge offensive performance from Whit Merrifield, who finished a single shy of the cycle as he extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Detroit used a pair of huge innings to post its second win in six contests and improve to 3-6 on its 11-game road trip. Andrew Romine continued his surge at the plate, recording his third two-hit performance during a five-game hitting streak, while Jose Iglesias improved to 9-for-23 over his last six contests with a three-hit effort. Miguel Cabrera appears to be heating up for Detroit as he has collected four RBIs in his last two games after a six-game drought to begin the road trip.

TV: 8:15 p.m. ET, FSN Detroit, FSN Kansas City

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers RH Justin Verlander (4-3, 4.87 ERA) vs. Royals LH Eric Skoglund (NR)

Verlander escaped with a no-decision at Houston on Thursday after surrendering six runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. The outing marked the first time in six turns the 34-year-old Virginian did not work at least six frames. Verlander owns a 22-9 record - his highest victory total against any opponent - with two complete games, one shutout and a 3.23 ERA in 41 career starts versus Kansas City.

Skoglund will be brought up from Triple-A Omaha in the wake of the injury to Danny Duffy, who is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks with an oblique strain. The 24-year-old Skoglund has gone 2-3 with one complete game and a 4.53 ERA in eight starts for the Storm Chasers this season. The Floridian also had one outing with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, allowing one run on five hits and three walks over 3 1/3 frames of a no-decision.

WALK-OFFS

1. Royals 1B Eric Hosmer has recorded only three RBIs over his last 15 contests on two home runs.

2. Detroit OF J.D. Martinez belted a three-run homer Monday, matching his RBI total from the previous 10 games.

3. Kansas City recalled Kevin McCarthy and optioned fellow RHP Miguel Almonte to Omaha.

PREDICTION: Tigers 8, Royals 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
Detroit 24-27 W1 12-10 12-17 5-5 12-10 6-11 1-1
Kansas City 21-29 L2 12-12 9-17 8-5 6-16 6-7 1-1
Last Meeting
Detroit Kansas City
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
5/29/17 DET 10 KC 7 .324 1 .878 .265 2 .895
Player Stats
Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit J. Iglesias .750 3 1.500
Kansas City W. Merrifield .750 3 3.000
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit J. Martinez 1 1 3
Kansas City W. Merrifield 1 3 2
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 7.00 .324 5
Kansas City 10.00 .265 6
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
Detroit M. Cabrera .266 37 .791
Kansas City E. Hosmer .300 57 .801
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
Detroit J. Upton 9 30 23
Kansas City M. Moustakas 13 23 26
Pitching ERA Avg K
Detroit 4.83 .242 391
Kansas City 4.39 .230 399