Tigers 6, Royals 5: Starving Tigers feast on K.C. barbecue

The two hits were a pair of singles, one in the first inning and the other in the sixth, while Skoglund walked just one batter and fanned five in the impressive debut performance.

RAYS 7, RANGERS 5 (10) Logan Morrison and Derek Norris homered in a three-run 10th inning to cap a late Tampa Bay comeback as the Rays beat the Texas Rangers 7-5 on Wednesday night. Left-handers are hitting.231 off Boyd, but right-handers are hitting.328 with seven home runs and 21 walks.

"Some of the breaking balls are flat", Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Boyd. His curveball was real good early.

Kennedy went 0-3 with an 11.30 ERA in May, allowing 18 earned runs, 16 hits, including six home runs, and nine walks in 14 1/3 innings. I'd like to see him attack a little bit more.

Kennedy was up 3-1, but threw 41 pitches in the third inning. That said, during the announcement to start Skoglund, Ned Yost also mentioned that Karns had still been feeling discomfort in his throwing arm, ensuring he won't see any action until he can finish physical rehab. "He started laboring. He got a groundout, a walk and a strikeout, and you think he's going to cruise through the third". Boyd has given up at least three runs in his last six starts. He marched off the field proudly with a Detroit shutout while Royals veteran Eric Hosmer delivered the run that would win the Royals the game at 1-0 that night.

"I'm just missing off", Kennedy said.

Cuthbert's RBI hit ended the night for Boyd, who yielded four runs and seven hits. Royals relievers Peter Moylan, Mike Minor and Kelvin Herrera preserved Kansas City's one-run advantage. Merrifield beat out a grounder to third baseman Nicholas Castellanos with two outs in the fourth to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games. Bonifacio scored on a wild pitch. "It's not quite right yet, but I feel like in between starts it's been a lot better".

NOTES: The Tigers altered their rotation for the weekend series with the White Sox.

Expect Yost to load the lineup with right-handed hitters. Ausmus said he anticipates 2B Ian Kinsler (hamstring strain) will come off the disabled list Tuesday. Woods' sad mug shot was the crux of another sign that was used to take aim at the Detroit Tigers on Monday.

Justin Wilson allowed a one-out single to Alex Gordon, before striking out Alcides Escobar to get to the final out.

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