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Detroit Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals Preview and Predictions 09-05-2019


Detroit left-hander Matthew Boyd is feeling the effects of baseball's home run epidemic more than anyone and he'll try to figure out how to keep the ball in the park when the visiting Tigers attempt to avoid a three-game sweep against the Kansas City Royals on Thursday afternoon. Boyd has allowed a major league-most 36 homers - including 13 in his last five starts - but has yielded only two in 45 2/3 career innings at Kauffman Stadium.

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"It's the way the game is now," Boyd told reporters. "This is the hand we're dealt. We just throw the ball. We can't do much about what they give you to put in your hand. I (make) mistakes and they hit home runs.'' Glenn Sparkman on Thursday looks to end an eight-game winless streak (0-5) when he takes the mound for Kansas City, which prevailed 5-4 on Wednesday for its season high-tying fourth straight victory. One night after setting the Royals club record for home runs in a season, Jorge Soler extended the mark by hitting his 40th on Wednesday - his fourth blast in the last six games. Detroit has lost four straight and 19 of its last 24 games as it steamrolls toward what will likely be the second-worst season in club history.

TV: 1:15 p.m. ET, FS Detroit, FS Kansas City

PITCHING MATCHUP: Tigers LH Matthew Boyd (7-10, 4.58 ERA) vs. Royals RH Glenn Sparkman (3-10, 5.86)

Boyd defeated Minnesota 10-7 on Saturday despite permitting five runs and six hits - four home runs - with 11 strikeouts in six innings. The 28-year-old Washington native was 0-4 over his previous nine starts, including an 11-6 loss to Seattle on Aug. 13 when he also allowed four homers. Kansas City's Whit Merrifield is 17-for-36 with zero home runs against Boyd, who is 4-9 with a 6.62 ERA in 18 starts versus the Royals - 1-2, 6.53 in four turns this season.

Sparkman yielded seven runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings of a 9-8 loss to Oakland on Aug. 29. The 27-year-old Texan recorded two quality starts during his winless run but has an 8.26 ERA during that span, raising his season number by 1.32. Sparkman allowed two runs in two relief appearances covering 6 1/3 innings last season against Detroit.

WALK-OFFS

1. Kansas City RF Ryan McBroom on Wednesday drove in his first run while going 2-for-4 and is 3-for-7 with a walk in his first two major league games.

2. Tigers LF Christin Stewart is 9-for-29 during a nine-game hitting streak after going 1-for-4 on Wednesday.

3. The series is tied 9-9 heading into Thursday's season finale. Detroit has a losing record against all other American League Central teams.

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Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
Capacity: 40,052

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Last Injuries

Kansas City Royals

  • Glenn Sparkman

    Forearm
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Sparkman has been shifted to the 45-day injured list with a strained right forearm and has been shut down for the remainder of the seaosn.

  • Mike Montgomery

    Back
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Montgomery has been transferred to the 45-day injured list due to a lat strain. He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Nick Heath

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Heath has landed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain, and there is currently no timetable for return.

  • Ryan O'Hearn

    Shin
    Ques Tues | questionable

    O'Hearn missed the previous game with a right shin contusion, and his status for Tuesday's clash with the Reds is unknown.

  • Bubba Starling

    Undisclosed
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Starling sustained an unspecified injury, and the team has put him on the 10-day injured list. There is no information stating when he will draw back into the lineup.

  • Foster Griffin

    Forearm
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Griffin has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a left forearm strain, and it is uncertain how long it will keep him out of the lineup.

  • Randy Rosario

    Arm
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Rosario is on the 10-day injured list due to tightness in his arm, and how long he needs to heal has yet to be announced.

  • Nick Dini

    Illness
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Dini has been posted on the 10-day injured list as he is waiting for his COVID-19 test results to be processed. It is uncertain when he will make his season debut.

Detroit Tigers

  • Troy Stokes Jr.

    Hand
    Out indefinitely | 45-day IL

    Stokes Jr. will be on the 45-day injured list for an undetermined length of time after undergoing surgery to fix a broken hamate bone in his hand.

  • Buck Farmer

    Groin
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Farmer is on the 10-day injured list with a left groin strain and will miss an extended period.

  • C.J. Cron

    Knee
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Cron has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a left knee sprain, and it remains to be seen when he return to the lineup.

  • JaCoby Jones

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Jones is not expected to be in the starting lineup Wednesday against the White Sox as he likely will be given the day to rest.

  • Austin Romine

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Romine is likely to be absent from the staring lineup for Wednesday's matchup against the White Sox as he is expected to receive a day to rest.

  • Cameron Maybin

    Quadricep
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Maybin has landed on the 10-day injured list with a right quad strain and will miss an indeterminate length of time.

  • JaCoby Jones

    Undisclosed
    Prob Mon | probable

    Jones was lifted from the last game with an unspecified injury, but it will not affect his status for Monday's matchup with the White Sox.

  • Dario Agrazal

    Forearm
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Agrazal has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right forearm tendinitis, and he is in danger of missing the remainder of the season.

kansas-city-royals Stats 2020

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detroit-tigers Stats 2020

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Field Statistics
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Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB