Detroit (21-24) at Kansas City (15-28)

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  • Game info: 2:10 pm EDT Thu May 27, 2004
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Brian Anderson hopes his success against the Detroit Tigers will help him end a six-start losing streak.

The slumping left-hander and the Kansas City Royals will try for their first series sweep this season when they host the Tigers in the finale of a three-game set.

Anderson was the first pitcher in Kansas City’s struggling rotation this season to earn a victory on April 20 in a 15-5 victory over the Cleveland Indians.

Since then, though, he has dropped six straight decisions and owns a hefty 7.64 ERA. He has matched the longest losing streak of his career from Aug. 16, 1995 to May 18, 1996. Anderson was hammered for six runs and eight hits in three innings as the Athletics beat the Royals 7-0 on Friday.

“It’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing for the ballclub, it’s embarrassing for me,” said Anderson, after his shortest outing of the season Friday. “It’s a very bad feeling. I’m tired of letting them down every five days. I’m trying to find something to grasp onto and build from. I really don’t have an answer.”

Anderson is 5-0 with a 3.43 ERA in seven career appearances, including six starts, against the Tigers.

After losing seven of nine games, the Royals have taken the first two from the Tigers.

Matt Stairs and Mike Sweeney hit two-run homers for the Royals, who have won 15 of their last 20 against Detroit.

After leading the major leagues in scoring in April, the Tigers have begun struggling for runs, scoring a mere seven during their current three-game slide.

“We weren’t going to continue the pace we were going,” Trammell said. “Now we’ve gone the other way. Which group are we?”

Alex Sanchez and Rondell White each had three hits for Detroit on Wednesday.

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12-10 Record 6-12
4.90 ERA 5.64
155 K 70
66 BB 53
1.40 WHIP 1.63