Kenny Rogers (9-10, 4.94) vs. Brandon Duckworth (0-0, -.--)
Another Salvage Sunday? No, sir! Today, the Tigers can sweep the Royals for a second consecutive time, which would also even up the season series between the two teams, and push the Tigers back to the .500 mark.
For the second game in a row, Kansas City starts a pitcher fresh up from the minors. But unlike Kyle Davies, Brandon Duckworth hasn't seen the big leagues since the end of last season. He's subbing for the injured Luke Hochevar, who's on the DL with a bruised rib cage. In 27 games (17 starts) with Triple-A Omaha, Duckworth was 5-11 with a 4.75 ERA. He shut the Tigers out for 6 1/3 innings when he faced them in April of 2007.
Kenny Rogers broke a four-game losing streak in his last start, beating Texas in Arlington. The last time he won a second straight game was against these Royals, as he held them to one run and four hits over six innings.