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


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.