Detroit (4-7) at Kansas City (4-7)

  • Game info: 2:10 pm EDT Sun Apr 17, 2005
  • TV: FSD
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While Runelvys Hernandez has a chance to remain undefeated against the Detroit Tigers, Mike Maroth can make up for a poor start against the Kansas City Royals.

They take the mound against each other for the second time this season as the Royals and Tigers play the decisive game of their series.

Hernandez earned a win and Maroth suffered a loss in a 7-2 win over Detroit on April 6 in the teams’ second game of the season.

Hernandez gave up one run and five hits in seven innings. Maroth, meanwhile, allowed five runs and 11 hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Hernandez has won all three of his starts against the Tigers, posting a 2.53 ERA in 21 1-3 innings.

Detroit snapped a five-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over Kansas City on Saturday to tie up the three-game series.

“A sigh of relief,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said of snapping the losing streak. “This is exactly what we needed.”

The Tigers are playing the sixth game of their eight-game road trip. They won their first road game in five attempts this season, while the Royals dropped to 1-4 at home.

Carlos Guillen, who was just 1-for-11 on this trip entering Saturday, led off the Tigers’ third and sixth with doubles. He finished 3-for-5.

The Royals have lost four of five. They snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over the Tigers on Friday.

Kansas City placed closer Jeremy Affeldt on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a left groin strain.

Affeldt was pulled from the game in the ninth inning Friday and was examined Saturday. The left-hander also had a setback in spring training because of the sore groin.

Affeldt missed 48 games last season with a torn right oblique muscle. he was placed on the disabled list in 2002-03 with finger blisters, which he had surgically corrected before the 2004 season.

Royals manager Tony Pena said he would use Mike MacDougal as the closer in Affeldt’s absence. MacDougal, who was an All-Star Game selection in 2003 when he logged 27 saves as a rookie, picked up his first save Friday, his first since April 28, 2004, which was his lone save last season.

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Starting Pitchers

M. Maroth MIN vs. R. Hernandez HOU
14-14 Record 8-14
4.74 ERA 5.52
115 K 88
51 BB 70
1.37 WHIP 1.52