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Game 9 thread: Royals at Tigers, 1:05 p.m.

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3 game series vs Royals @ Comerica Park

Mon 04/12 WP: Luke Hochevar (1 - 0)
LP: Max Scherzer (0 - 1)
5 - 10 loss
Tue 04/13 WP: Joel Zumaya (2 - 0)
SV: Jose Valverde
LP: Dusty Hughes (0 - 1)
6 - 5 win

Kansas City Royals
@ Detroit Tigers

Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT
Comerica Park

Kyle Davies vs Rick Porcello

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from center field at 10-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 60.

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Today's pitching matchup:

2010 - Rick Porcello 1-0 3.60 1.40 3 2


2010 - Kyle Davies 0-0 4.50 1.17 3 1

It's been a successful home stand for the tigers thus far, with the Tigers going 4-1 with 1 game remaining.They are tied for first place in the Central with those dammed Twins with a 6-2 record, holding a 3 game lead over the White Sox and the team they face again today, the Royals.

This afternoon is the rubber game of the series. The Royals won big on Monday, as the Tigers played by far their worst game of the young season in a 10-5 loss. The Tigers countered with a 6-5 win on Tuesday thanks to a 6 run 7th inning, and a questionable pitching change by Royals manager Trey Hillman.

I have to say a 5-1 homestand sounds a Hell of a lot better than 4-2. More importantly, I'd like to see the Tigers blow town on a winning note, as one of those much dreaded west coast swings is nearly upon us.

Yes, today is a getaway day. The Tigers hit the road after the game, as they head to Seattle to start a long 11 game road trip.

It starts with 3 games with the Mariners, 4 against the Los Angeles California Angels of Anaheim California Disneyland USA (or whatever the Hell they're calling the Angels now,I'm never sure), and finishes in Texas as the Tigers take on the Rangers for 4 games.

Personally, I HATE west coast road trips. Weird (bad weird, not good weird) stuff always seems to happen to the Tigers on these swings, and we fans get no sleep thanks to 10 p.m. eastern start times. For those of you who are hockey fans, your losing sleep is going to be exacerbated thanks to the Red Wings playing the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1st round of the NHL playoffs. One of my biggest sports pet peeves is the eastern time zone Red Wings playing in the NHL's Western Conference! But I digress...

But we'll cross that bridge on Friday. Today, let's revel in more winning baseball at Comerica Park as the Tigers try to put a cap on what's been a successful homestand!

Then I suggest you get some sleep. You're going to need it...