Kansas City will try to bounce back after being swept by Cleveland, including a deflating 11-0 loss Sunday. The defeat pushed the major league-worst Royals on the brink of triple digit losses, and just five short of the franchise record 104 set last year.
Kansas City, which has 15 games left, also had 100 losses in 2002.
Manager Buddy Bell had little to say after the Royals were shut out for the 10th time Sunday.
“I’m tired of repeating myself,” said Bell, who took over a 13-37 club May 31 and has gone 36-62.
Bell’s tenure includes a club-record 19-game skid from July 28-Aug. 19, and the Royals are 10-17 since.
“This year has been like a nightmare,” said right-hander Jose Lima, who posted his career high-tying 16th defeat on Sunday. “It’s been real tough, every start hurts.”
Mike Wood will take the ball for Kansas City, in hopes of halting a personal three-game losing streak. The 25-year-old right-hander has allowed three or fewer runs in six of his last seven starts, but has gotten only eight runs of support (1.6 a game) in his last five outings.
He was roughed up for six runs in an 8-7 loss to the Tigers on Aug. 14, falling to 0-3 with a 10.38 ERA in six career games, including two starts, against them.
Wood will be opposed by Jeremy Bonderman, who has missed two outings with a sore elbow.
“He won’t go over 100 pitches, most likely less than that,” Detroit manager Alan Trammell said of the 22-year-old right-hander. “We’ll be watching him closely.”
Bonderman has lost three straight starts to fall to 1-6 with a 5.76 ERA in his last seven games. He threw well in his last outing, though, pitching a five-hitter and striking out six in his fourth complete game this season, a 2-0 defeat to the White Sox on Sept. 4.
The Tigers have lost three straight games, including a 5-3 decision to the Los Angeles Angels Sunday.