Series: Game 2 of 4

Detroit leads 2-0 (as of 5/23)

Game 1: Monday, May 22
Kansas City0
Game 2: Tuesday, May 23
Kansas City5
Game 3: Wednesday, May 24
Kansas City3
Game 4: Thursday, May 25
Kansas City8

Tigers 8

(31-14, 18-7 away)

Royals 5

(10-33, 8-13 home)

8:10 PM ET, May 23, 2006

Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri 

123456789 R H E
DET 000002141 8 17 0
KC 103000100 5 11 0

W: J. Zumaya (2-0)

L: E. Dessens (2-4)

S: T. Jones (14)

Rogers seeks to lead Tigers to another victory

Detroit (30-14) at Kansas City (10-32) 8:10 pm EDT

KANSAS CITY, Missouri (Ticker) -- The Detroit Tigers are the first American League team to reach 30 wins and outstanding pitching has played a big role.

Kenny Rogers seeks to become the first eight-game winner in the majors and give manager Jim Leyland his 1,100th career victory Tuesday night as the Tigers continue a four-game series with the Kansas City Royals.

Detroit has posted a team ERA of 3.18, which leads the majors. Its rotation of Rogers, Justin Verlander, Mike Maroth, Jeremy Bonderman and Nate Robertson have combined for 26 victories, putting Leyland on the brink of becoming the 45th manager to reach 1,000 wins.

On Monday, Detroit rolled to an 8-0 victory. Verlander fired a five-hitter for Detroit's ninth shutout.

The Tigers' nine shutouts through 44 games is a franchise record, surpassing the 1945 mark by eight games. It also gave them consecutive shutouts for the first time since June 21-22, 1996.

Rogers (7-2, 2.91 ERA) has won his last four starts and has allowed three runs or less in seven of his nine starts. One of those outings was here against the Royals when Rogers began his tenure in Detroit by allowing one run and three hits in six innings on Opening Day.

Rogers is 19-13 with a 3.64 ERA in 49 career appearances vs. the Royals.

The Royals appear well on their way to a third straight 100-loss season. They lost 11 in a row from April 11-April 21 and are one away from matching that following Monday's loss, which made them the eighth team since 1970 to post two double-digit losing streaks in the same season.

Runelyvs Hernandez (1-3, 6.75) has posted a respectable 4-2 record vs. the Tigers. But following a promising start to the season, he has dropped his last three decisions while getting roughed up for 16 runs and 25 hits in 13 innings.

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Gameday Matchup

 DetroitKansas City
Current StreakL5W3
Last 104-64-6

Pitching Matchup

DetroitKansas City
K. Rogers
17-8, 3.84 ERA

Last Game:
10/1 vs KC
2.0 IP, 2 ER
Dec = Loss
R. Hernandez
6-10, 6.48 ERA

Last Game:
9/29 at DET
5.1 IP, 5 ER
Dec = ND

Gameday Lineups

NO.DetroitKansas City
1. C. Granderson, CF E. German, 3B
2. P. Polanco, 2B M. Grudzielanek, 2B
3. I. Rodriguez, C R. Sanders, RF
4. M. Ordonez, RF E. Brown, LF
5. C. Guillen, SS T. Graffanino, DH
6. C. Shelton, 1B A. Berroa, SS
7. C. Monroe, LF D. Mientkiewicz, 1B
8. O. Infante, DH J. Buck, C
9. B. Inge, 3B A. Guiel, CF