Detroit (31-39) at Kansas City (28-40)

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  • Game info: 2:10 pm EDT Thu Jun 24, 2004
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Carlos Beltran’s days with Kansas City may be numbered, but for now, he’s doing all he can to help the Royals break out of the basement in the American League.

Beltran looks to stay hot at the plate as the Royals conclude a three-game series with the struggling Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium.

Beltran is a free agent after this season, and the Royals, who own the worst record in the AL, have said that they will not pay his reported price of $21 million a year.

A number of teams have expressed interest in the center fielder, but general manager Allard Baird said Wednesday that “nothing is imminent” and refused to comment on the slew of rumors that are swirling around his star player.

“I’m not going into specifics on who I’ve had conversations with,” Baird said. “I’ve been talking to a lot of clubs. I’ve not going to confirm or deny any rumors. I said that three weeks ago, and I’m going to adhere to what I said.

“Right now, do I see anything coming? Not at this point. But we’ll see how things play out.”

Beltran, one of just six players in major league history with at least three seasons of 100 runs, 100 RBIs and 30 stolen bases, was the AL player of the month for April. He has hit in eight straight games, going 12-for-33 (.364) with two homers, seven RBIs and eight runs over that span.

He went 1-for-5 with a run scored in Wednesday’s 7-3 win over the Tigers.

“I can’t control what’s going to happen,” Beltran said. “The only thing I can control is what goes on inside the lines.”

Beltran said that in a perfect world, he’d be helping the Royals make a run at the postseason.

“I want to win, and if we start winning, of course I want to stay here,” Beltran said. “But, I think if we don’t win, something will happen. I wish we can win, and I can stay here.”

Dee Brown went 2-for-4 with two RBIs Wednesday for the Royals, who won for the fourth time in six games. Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa each had RBI doubles and Brown hit a two-run single in Kansas City’s four-run first inning.

Ivan Rodriguez had three hits, including a homer, raising his AL-best average to .364 for the Tigers, who have lost five straight and six of seven. Detroit is just two games ahead of Kansas City in the AL Central.

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