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Game 134: Royals (56-77) at Tigers (64-69)

Kyle Davies (5-5, 4.81) vs. Zach Miner (7-4, 3.61)

The now-fourth place Tigers try to pick themselves back up after getting swept out of third place by the suddenly can't-lose Indians. Detroit's attempt at reclamation starts off against the team that began their four-game winning streak on Sunday with a 7-3 beating at Kauffman Stadium. And the series begins with a rematch of the starting pitching match-up from last Saturday.

Kyle Davies allowed just four hits in six innings, but four walks helped contribute to four Tigers runs in his return from the minors after a brief demotion. Davies has lost both of his starts against Detroit this season, compiling a 5.40 ERA.

On the other side that night, Zach Miner was the winner, shutting out the Royals on three hits over seven innings in his longest appearance of the season. As a starter, Miner has won both of his outings against Kansas City this year, giving up just two runs in 13 innings.

In their last six series at home, the Tigers have lost the first game. That dates back to early July, people. Before the All-Star break. How about getting the holiday weekend off to a decent start and winning a series opener for the home crowd?