Detroit Tigers vs Kansas City Royals Game 30 Preview, TV, Lineup


Detroit Tigers (18-11) vs Kansas City Royals (18-10) – 7:08 PM ET

Comerica Park – Detroit, MI


Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)

Weather: 81 degrees, mostly cloudy

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Game Preview

For the second straight weekend, the top two teams in the AL Central face-off. This time the scene shifts to Comerica Park as the Detroit Tigers look to continue their modest two-game winning streak against the Kansas City Royals. This week, however, the Royals are a half game up after taking two of three from the Cleveland Indians while the Tigers lost two of three to the Chicago White Sox.

This figures to be a great pitching match as David Price goes for the Tigers following a masterful complete game shutout last week in KC. He’ll face Yordano Ventura coming off his seven-game suspension after various hot-headed on-field issues from the season’s first month.

The teams will play two night games sandwiched by a day game to accommodate national television games on Saturday (Fox Sports 1) and Sunday (ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball).

When We Last Met

The Royals set the tone earlier last week by beating the Tigers two straight games, but the Tigers used a couple of strong pitching outings from Price and Anibal Sanchez to take the final two games of the series last weekend at Kauffman Stadium.

Pitching Matchup

As we mentioned, Price (3-1, 2.92) will look to capitalize on his last incredibly successful start against the Royals which following a nice start against the Twins, showing the ace has bounced back nicely from being torched by the Yankees back on April 22. Over his last two starts, David has allowing four runs on 11 hits and struck out 10. He nearly shutout MLB’s-best offense in Kansas City until a two out homer in the ninth ruined the shutout, but not the 2-1 complete game victory on Saturday.

Ventura’s (2-2, 4.94) hi-jinks have perhaps negatively affected him this season, posting a high ERA. He began serving his suspension after a bad outing against Cleveland when he allowed five runs on six hits in 5.1 innings. Two starts prior he also allowed five runs. He started two games in his stellar rookie year of 2014 against Detroit, winning both and posting a 3.12 ERA.

Tigers Lineup

  1. Anthony Gose-CF
  2. Ian Kinsler-2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera-1B
  4. Victor Martinez-DH
  5. Yoenis Cespedes-LF
  6. J.D. Martinez-RF
  7. Alex Avila
  8. Nick Castellanos-3B
  9. Andrew Romine-SS


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