In two starts against Kansas City this year, Bonderman (4-3, 4.66 ERA) has allowed one run and seven hits while striking out 17 and walking one in 14 2-3 innings.
When not facing Kansas City, Bonderman is 2-3 with a 6.09 ERA. He is coming off his shortest outing of the season, lasting three innings in a 9-4 loss to Cincinnati on Friday.
“I wasn’t able to get comfortable, and I got beat,” said Bonderman, who allowed seven runs, six hits and walked three.
Bonderman will be looking to bounce back and lead the Tigers (31-14) to their fifth straight win after they beat the Royals 8-5 on Tuesday. Detroit maintained its one-game lead over the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central and the best record in baseball by rallying for its 11th victory in 12 games.
Curtis Granderson’s double highlighted a four-run eighth as the Tigers scored all their runs in the final four innings. The win was the 1,100th for Jim Leyland, making him the 45th manager in major league history to reach that mark.
“I look at the little stuff—get a rally going. That’s baseball,” Leyland said. “We talked about that all spring. We haven’t done it. We haven’t done it very much. We told them it was there.”
Kansas City (10-33) got two homers from Mark Grudzielanek and solo shots from Reggie Sanders and Emil Brown on Tuesday, but suffered its 11th straight defeat. The Royals also lost 11 in a row from April 9-21.
“It is a situation, where it just snowballs,” manager Buddy Bell said. “We’ve got to figure out a way to stop it. We get two outs, nobody on and they score four. I can’t explain it. It will only get better. Right now, I don’t these guys are feeling very well.”
Three of Kansas City’s six longest losing streaks in franchise history have come since last summer. The Royals set a team record by dropping 19 in a row from July 28-Aug. 19.
Mark Redman (0-4, 6.88) again looks for his first win in nearly a year when he takes the mound for Kansas City on Wednesday. The left-hander is 0-9 with a 7.35 ERA in 16 starts since beating Colorado on July 24 while with Pittsburgh.
Redman is also trying to rebound from his poorest effort of 2006. Against St. Louis on Friday, he allowed six runs and seven hits with two walks over four innings in a 9-6 loss. Redman also had two wild pitches, tying him for the major league lead with seven.
“I just ran into some trouble. Even in the first three innings, I was still falling behind hitters,” Redman said.
Since posting a career-best 14 wins with Florida during its 2003 championship season, Redman is 16-31 with a 4.98 ERA in 69 starts. He took the loss in the Royals’ 4-1 defeat to the Tigers on May 2, and is 2-3 with a 4.60 ERA and .336 opponents batting average in five starts against them.