Series: Game 1 of 2

Series starts Fri 8/12

Game 1: Friday, August 12
Kansas City
Game 1: Saturday, August 13
Kansas City
Game 1: Sunday, August 14
Kansas City7
Game 2: Sunday, August 14
Kansas City0

8:10 PM ET, August 12, 2005

Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

Starting Pitchers

Detroit: Johnson (8-13, 4.54 ERA)

Kansas City: Lima (5-16, 6.99 ERA)

Royals try to stop record losing streak

Detroit (53-61) at Kansas City (38-76), 8:10 pm EDT

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- Fans of the Kansas City Royals will experience the best and the worst of their team's history during a weekend series against the Detroit Tigers.

While celebrating the 20th anniversary of Kansas City's lone World Series title, the Royals attempt to halt a franchise-record 13-game losing streak when they meet the Tigers on Friday.

With Thursday's 4-2 loss to Cleveland, Kansas City also set a team mark by falling 36 1/2 games out of first place in the American League Central. The Royals are farther out of second place (24 1/2 games) than any team in the major leagues is out of first place.

Jose Lima (4-10, 6.84) has lost twice in three starts against Detroit this season. He gave up seven runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings of Saturday's loss to Oakland.

The Tigers will start Jason Johnson (7-9, 4.06), who is 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA against Kansas City this year. Last Sunday against Cleveland, he yielded three runs and six hits in seven innings but did not get a decision.

Detroit managed just two hits in Thursday's 2-1 defeat at Toronto. It was the Tigers' sixth loss in seven games.

The teams are meeting for the first time since their bench-clearing brawl July 17 that began when Royals starter Runelvys Hernandez hit Tigers shortstop Carlos Guillen in the head with a pitch. Seven players were ejected in that game.

Catcher Ivan Rodriguez returns Friday for Detroit after serving a four-game suspension.

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Gameday Matchup

 DetroitKansas City
Current StreakL5L1
Last 104-64-6

Pitching Matchup

DetroitKansas City
J. Johnson
0-0, 0.00 ERA

J. Lima
0-0, 0.00 ERA

Gameday Lineups

NO.DetroitKansas City
1. P. Polanco, 2B D. DeJesus, CF
2. C. Shelton, 1B C. Ambres, LF
3. D. Young, DH M. Sweeney, 1B
4. M. Ordonez, RF T. Long, RF
5. R. White, LF E. Brown, DH
6. C. Monroe, CF M. Teahen, 3B
7. B. Inge, 3B A. Berroa, SS
8. V. Wilson, C J. Buck, C
9. J. McDonald, SS D. Murphy, 2B