Detroit (21-23) at Kansas City (14-28)

Cloudy Currently: Kansas City, MO
Temp: 71° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Wed May 26, 2004
  • TV: FSD
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Darrell May hasn’t looked anything like the pitcher he was last season.

The left-hander, who is tied for the major-league lead with six losses, will try to end his own two-game skid as the Kansas City Royals continue a three-game series with the Detroit Tigers.

May has won just once in eight starts this season and is two losses shy of last season’s total, when he won a career-high 10 games with a team-best 3.77 ERA for Kansas City.

“I’ve pretty much stunk,” May said. “There’s not a whole lot more to say than that. Of course, I’m disgusted with it. It is pretty embarrassing.”

May has lost two straight starts, including Thursday’s 6-3 decision at Texas in which he allowed three runs and eight hits over four innings. He pitched a five-hitter in his previous start— a 3-1 home loss to Oakland on May 15.

“It is pretty frustrating,” May said.

The Royals took the opener 4-3 on Tuesday, ending a four-game losing streak.

Kansas City, however, still has the fewest wins (14) in the majors and is tied for the worst record in franchise history after 42 games. The Royals began last season 9-0 and were 24-18 at this point.

Though two games below .500, the Tigers are having more success than they did last year, when they began 1-17 and went on to lose an AL-worst 119 games. They didn’t win their 21st game until July 5.

Alex Sanchez is batting .379 (11-for-29) in his last six games. The Tigers center fielder was 3-for-5 Tuesday with an RBI.

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G. Knotts NYM vs. D. May Cin
7-6 Record 9-19
5.25 ERA 5.61
81 K 120
58 BB 55
1.48 WHIP 1.55