Series: Game 1 of 2

Detroit leads 1-0 (as of 8/14)

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

Tigers 8

(54-61, 28-31 away)

Royals 7

(38-77, 23-36 home)

    2:10 PM ET, August 14, 2005

    Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

    123456789 R H E
    DET 410001101 8 11 1
    KC 101300200 7 12 0

    W: C. Dingman (1-1)

    L: A. Burgos (1-5)

    S: F. Rodney (3)

    Royals try to snap 13-game skid in opener of doubleheader

    Detroit (58-56) at Kansas City (38-76), 2:10 pm EDT

    KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- The Kansas City Royals hope to finally snap the worst losing streak in franchise history Sunday, when they take on the Detroit Tigers in the opener of doubleheader.

    The first two games of the weekend set were postponed due to rain. The break may benefit the Royals, who have dropped 13 straight games - the longest streak in baseball since a 14-game skid by Arizona in July 2004. The skid matches the fourth longest in baseball since 1995.

    Kansas City has posted a 7.45 ERA during the drought and opponents are batting .322 with 19 home runs.

    The Royals will have a difficult task against a pitcher that has dominated them this year.

    Jason Johnson (7-9, 4.06 ERA) has posted a 2-0 mark with a 1.84 ERA against Kansas City this season and is 4-1 lifetime against the Royals. Last Sunday against Cleveland, he yielded three runs and six hits in seven innings but did not get a decision.

    Kansas City counters with Mike Wood (3-4, 3.82), who makes his second straight start following 37 relief outings. He allowed just one run in 5 2/3 innings Tuesday in an eventual 13-7 loss to Cleveland.

    Wood is 0-3 with an 11.12 ERA lifetime vs. Detroit, which has dropped six of its last seven games.

    The teams are meeting for the first time since their benches-clearing brawl July 17, when Royals starter Runelvys Hernandez hit Tigers shortstop Carlos Guillen in the head with a pitch. Hernandez was among seven members of both teams ejected.

    All-Star catcher Ivan Rodriguez returns Sunday 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
    8-13, 4.54 ERA

    Last Game:
    10/1 at MIN
    6.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = Loss
    M. Wood
    5-8, 4.46 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/29 at MIN
    4.0 IP, 6 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

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