Kansas City (18-31) at Detroit (23-28)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jun 2, 2004
  • TV: RTN, FSD
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With two solid starts under his belt, rookie Zack Greinke will once again shoot for his first major league victory when the Kansas City Royals continue a four-game series with the Detroit Tigers.

Greinke, a 20-year-old right-hander, impressed the home crowd at Kauffman Stadium with a strong outing against Minnesota on Friday, though he did not receive a decision. Opposing Twins veteran Brad Radke, Greinke allowed just one run and seven hits over seven strong innings as the Royals went on to beat the Twins 2-1.

“I thought I pitched good, let ‘em hit it and let the defense play and they played well behind me,” said Greinke, who surrendered just two runs and five hits over five innings in his major league debut at Oakland, a 5-4 Royals loss on May 22.

Kansas City hopes the young southpaw can provide a lift for its struggling rotation, which entered Tuesday’s game 6-22 with a 5.83 ERA for the season.

The Royals, who struggled throughout the first two months of the season, may be showing signs of breaking out of their funk.

Mike Sweeney had the go-ahead RBI single in the ninth inning Tuesday to help the Royals beat the Tigers 5-3 for their fifth win in eight games. Kansas City also snapped a five-game losing streak on the road.

Detroit has lost four of five and seven of its last nine games.

Though much improved from last season, when they dropped an AL-record 119 games, the Tigers are still five games below .500. They began the season with a four-game winning streak, but have been unable to put together three straight victories since.

“We need to get on a winning streak,” said Nate Robertson, who started for Detroit Tuesday. “We can’t keep on winning one, losing two, winning two, losing three, because you can’t get that confidence.

“We have a really good ballclub here. Right now it’s not falling our way, but every day I come to the ballpark I believe we can win.”

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Z. Greinke LAD vs. J. Johnson NYY
8-11 Record 8-15
3.97 ERA 5.13
100 K 125
26 BB 60
1.17 WHIP 1.43