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Game 17: Tigers at Royals

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Zach Miner (1-1, 8.10) vs. Kyle Davies (1-0, 2.89), 7:10 p.m. EST

With a presumably full night of rest in Kansas City, the Detroit Tigers will hopefully put forth a far better effort this evening than they did last night against Zack Greinke. But they're not necessarily catching a break, with the third leg of the Royals' "MGD" triumvirate on the mound.

Kyle Davies has allowed more than three hits in only one of his three starts this season. (And as we said last night with Greinke, Davies did this against some strong White Sox, Indians, and Rangers lineups.) The MLB.com scouting report says he likes to throw fastballs for strikes early in the count, so that could help out a Tigers lineup that likes to jump on some first pitches. In five career starts against Detroit, Davies has a 1-4 record and 4.44 ERA.

Zach Miner returns to the Tigers' starting rotation after off-days in the schedule allowed the team to skip his turn. His last outing was pretty ugly, both in terms of performance and conditions. On a cold, rainy afternoon in Detroit last week, Miner gave up eight runs and nine hits in just 3.1 innings to the White Sox. The climate should be quite a bit more friendly tonight at Kansas City.

Miner was very good against the Royals as a starter last year, posting a 3-1 record and 2.88 ERA in four appearances. in two starts at Kauffman Stadium, he was even better, allowing no runs and six hits in 13 innings.