Rain forced the postponement of Saturday night’s game, the second night in a row the slumping AL Central rivals were rained out. The Royals are on a franchise-record 13-game losing streak, and the Tigers have lost 11 of 14.
“It will be tough on both teams,” Detroit manager Alan Trammell said. “Both teams would like to go out and stop a losing streak. Until that happens, both teams will want to go out there and do battle.”
Friday night’s game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 20.
Runelvys Hernandez had been slated to start the first game Sunday for the Royals, but he was given the day off because his wife is having a difficult pregnancy.
The Royals appeared poised to stop their first 12-game skid since 1997 on Thursday as they carried a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning against Cleveland. However, Jeff Liefer belted a grand slam to lift the Indians to a 4-2 victory, leaving Kansas City winless since a 6-5 victory over the major league-leading Chicago White Sox on July 27.
For a team that’s lost 13 straight, consecutive rainouts might even help.
“Hopefully, this will be a blessing in disguise, help get us loosened up so we can play the kind of baseball we’re capable of playing,” Royals first baseman Mike Sweeney said.
“Our routine this year hasn’t really been cutting it, so maybe it will be good to get us out of our routine, try something different.
This is the second time this year the Tigers have been rained out two games in a row.
“A day here, a day there, it’s OK,” Trammell said. “But two days—man! We didn’t take batting practice Thursday, we had a day game. So we’re not going to be on the field today. Say we play two on Sunday, that’s quite a long time without taking grounders, running around a little bit, doing those kind of things. But we’ll have to deal with it.”