Detroit (61-71) at Kansas City (46-85)

Fair Currently: Kansas City, MO
Temp: 89° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Wed Sep 1, 2004
  • TV: FSD
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Desi Relaford will try to help the Kansas City Royals win consecutive games for the first time in nearly a month when they complete their three-game series with the visiting Detroit Tigers.

Relaford drove in two runs and was 3-for-5 in the Royals’ 9-8 win on Tuesday.

Relaford ran his hitting streak to 11 games, during which he is batting .349 (15-for-43) with two homers and 10 RBIs. The utility player, who had a career-high 13-game hitting streak in 2002 with Seattle, is batting .240 this season.

Kansas City hasn’t won back-to-back games since Aug. 4-5, when it took the final two games of its series against the Chicago White Sox.

The Royals will start rookie Zack Greinke, who is 2-0 with a 2.37 ERA over his last three starts. The 20-year-old right-hander didn’t figure in the Royals’ 7-5 loss at Seattle on Friday, allowing four runs and a season high-tying 10 hits over six innings.

The Tigers have lost five of their last six.

Dmitri Young homered and drove in three runs, and Ivan Rodriguez went 4-for-4 for Detroit.

Rodriguez is batting .449 (22-for-49) with three homers, seven doubles and 15 RBIs against the Royals this season.

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11-13 Record 8-11
4.31 ERA 3.97
108 K 100
59 BB 26
1.40 WHIP 1.17