Omaha; Thursday, 8 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Tigers: Matthew Boyd (5-4, 3.08 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 105 strikeouts) Royals: Homer Bailey (4-6, 5.90 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, 55 strikeouts)
BOTTOM LINE: Kansas City heads into the matchup fresh off a strong showing by Danny Duffy. Duffy went seven innings, surrendering two runs on four hits with seven strikeouts against Detroit.
The Royals are 9-16 against AL Central teams. The Kansas City pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 5.13. Brad Keller leads the team with a 4.29 ERA.
The Tigers are 12-13 against opponents from the AL Central. Detroit’s team on-base percentage of .291 is last in the American League. Miguel Cabrera leads the club with an OBP of .347. The Tigers won the last meeting 3-2. Nick Ramirez notched his third victory and Ronny Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Detroit. Jake Diekman took his third loss for Kansas City.
LAST 10 GAMES: Royals: 2-8, .231 batting average, 4.71 ERA, outscored by 26 runs
Tigers: 3-7, .261 batting average, 5.28 ERA, outscored by 21 runs
Tigers Injuries: Jordan Zimmermann: 10-day IL (elbow), Tyson Ross: 10-day IL (nerve), Matt Moore: 60-day IL (knee), Michael Fulmer: 60-day IL (elbow), Jordy Mercer: 10-day IL (quad), Josh Harrison: 60-day IL (hamstring), Niko Goodrum: day-to-day (knee), Jeimer Candelario: 10-day IL (shoulder).