If their recent play against Kansas City is any indication, the Detroit Tigers shouldn’t have much trouble extending their current winning streak.
The Tigers (17-9) look to win five straight for the third time this season when they wrap up a two-game series with the Royals (5-18) Tuesday at Comerica Park.
Detroit beat the Royals 3-2 on Monday to improve to 3-0 against Kansas City this season. The Tigers, who dropped their last four games against the Royals last season, have outscored Kansas City 20-6 this year.
Magglio Ordonez and Craig Monroe homered Monday for the Tigers, who won five straight to start the season and posted another five-game winning streak April 19-23. Detroit has won 10 of its last 12 games and has outscored its opponents 36-3 in the first four games of an eight-game homestand.
Ordonez is 140-for-450 (.311) with 23 homers against the Royals.
“We believe we’re a good team, and a lot of that is due to our manager,” Monroe said of Jim Leyland, who is in his first season with the Tigers. “He’s always prepared, and when the head is prepared, it is much easier for the body to be prepared.”
Matt Stairs and Mark Teahen had RBI singles in the ninth inning for Kansas City, which has lost four straight. Before their current slump, the Royals had won three of four after an 11-game losing streak.
Mark Redman (0-1, 7.82 ERA) will look to help the Royals shake their slump. Redman lasted just 1 2-3 innings in his last start on Thursday, allowing five runs—all in the second inning—and six hits in a 7-3 loss to Minnesota.
The outing was his third since starting the season on the disabled list with a knee injury. He gave up six runs in 11 innings in his first two starts.
“It was his third start and it wasn’t very good today,” manager Buddy Bell said. “But for the most part, since we got him back he’s been pretty good.”
Thursday’s outing was Redman’s shortest since Sept. 11, 2002, when he lasted just 1 2-3 innings in an 8-2 loss to the Tigers while with Minnesota. He has made four starts against Detroit, all in 2002, going 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA.
“You can’t really dwell on it,” Redman said of Thursday’s start. “You just put it in your memory bank, build off it and look forward to your next start.”
Maroth had allowed just one run in 18 1-3 innings in his first three starts and had a streak of 20 1-3 scoreless innings snapped in the third inning. He failed in his bid to become the first Tigers pitcher since David Wells in 1993 to start 4-0.
Maroth has made 19 starts against the Royals, going 8-8 with a 3.70 ERA.