Detroit (31-38) at Kansas City (27-40)

Fair Currently: Kansas City, MO
Temp: 80° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Wed Jun 23, 2004
  • TV: FSD
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The Kansas City Royals have the worst record in the American League. However, they haven’t had much trouble against the Detroit Tigers the last few years.

The Royals hope to continue that going when they host the Tigers in the middle game of their series.

Kansas City has won four straight season series against Detroit, including 14 of 19 meetings last year during the Tigers’ AL-record 119-loss campaign. This year, though, its the Royals who have struggled while the Tigers battle for contention.

Kansas City beat Detroit for the third time in the last four meetings, 8-1 Tuesday for a 5-3 lead in the season series. Carlos Beltran extended his hitting streak to seven games with a two-run homer in the first inning for the Royals, who took two of three from the Tigers at Kauffman Stadium from May 25-27.

Beltran, hitting .393 (11-for-28) during his streak, is batting .400 (12-for-30) with eight RBIs against Detroit this season.

Ken Harvey also continued his success against Detroit with an RBI single and a run scored. Harvey—batting .352 overall—is hitting .545 (18-for-33) with three home runs and 10 RBIs against the Tigers this season.

Mike Sweeney added a three-run homer, the 150th of his career, off Detroit closer Ugeuth Urbina in the eighth.

“I didn’t know that was 150,” said Sweeney, who hadn’t homered since June 6. “It has been a long time since 149.”

The Royals, winners of four of their last six games, moved to .500 at home in the first game of a 10-game homestand. They trail the Tigers in the division by three games for fourth place.

Detroit lost its fourth straight game to fall 2-5 on their current nine-game road trip.

Catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who leads the AL with a .360 batting average, went 1-for-4 Tuesday with an RBI double.

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