Detroit Tigers (69-78) vs. Kansas City Royals (86-61) — 1:08 PM ET
Comerica Park — Detroit, MI
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket (click for affiliates)
Weather: 67 degrees, mostly cloudy
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When We Last Met
Before the season started, many fans thought this weekend’s series between the Detroit Tigers and the Kansas City Royals would decide the American League Central. Although the Royals have cooled off considerably in September, the Tigers have already been eliminated from the AL Central.
Despite the difference in overall records, the Tigers haven’t been terrible versus the Royals this season. Detroit is 9-9 against Kansas City in 2015.
On Friday, the Detroit Tigers won their second straight 12-inning game. Justin Verlander pitched well, allowing just two runs in 8 2/3 innings, but he didn’t get the win as Alex Wilson blew the save with just one out to go. On Saturday, the Tigers won their second straight extra-inning game versus the Royals, 6-5.
That means Detroit will have a four-game winning streak heading into Sunday’s game.
Going for the series sweep, the Tigers will send right-hander Alfredo Simon to the mound on Sunday. He is 13-9 with a 4.91 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 109 strikeouts and 166 2/3 innings this season.
In his last outing, he allowed three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. Strangely, he hasn’t pitch versus the Royals since April, but in that one appearance, he allowed six runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 frames.
Kansas City will have 29-year-old Kris Medlen on the hill for the final game of the series. He is 4-1 with a 3.92 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings this season.
He was masterful in his last outing versus the Cleveland Indians, allowing no runs on five hits in 6 1/3 frames.
Detroit Tigers Lineup
The lineup will be posted once released.