Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals Game 131 Preview, TV, Lineup


Detroit Tigers (60-70) at Kansas City Royals (80-50) — 8:10 PM ET

Kauffman Stadium — Kansas City, MO


Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)

Weather: 84 degrees, clear

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When We Last Met

The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals met three weeks ago at Kauffman Stadium, and if not for five runs scored in the eighth and ninth innings, the Tigers would have been swept in that series.

Overall, the Tigers are 6-7 versus the Royals with six games left to go in 2015.

Pitching Matchup

This series could turn ugly fast with how the Tigers have been playing lately, but the first game on Tuesday could be a classic. Fresh off his one-hitter, Justin Verlander will face Royals ace Johnny Cueto.

Verlander has been his vintage self as of late. He is only 2-3 in his last seven starts, but over that span, his ERA is 1.38 and opponents are hitting .183 against him. But in those seven appearances, Verlander’s worst outing came against the Royals when he allowed five runs on 10 hits in seven innings and the Tigers lost, 5-1, on Aug. 4.

Tuesday will be Cueto’s seventh start as a member of the Royals, and in his first six outings, he is 2-3 with a 3.95 ERA. He was great in his first four outings with Kansas City, but in his last two starts, Cueto has allowed six runs in each appearance.

While with the Royals, Cueto has two starts against the Tigers. In those games, he allowed two runs in 16 innings and pitched a complete-game shutout versus Detroit on Aug. 10.

Detroit Tigers Lineup

1. Anthony Gose CF
2. Ian Kinsler 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera 1B
4. J.D. Martinez RF
5. Victor Martinez DH
6. Nick Castellanos 3B
7. Tyler Collins LF
8. James McCann C
9. Jose Iglesias SS


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