DETROIT (AP) -- Carlos Beltran is hoping June will be a
bounce-back month for him.
After being picked as the AL Player of the Month in April, the
Kansas City star batted just .151 in a 12-game slump. On Thursday,
he had three hits and drove in four runs during a 9-6 win over the
"I think May was a bad month for me, but this month will be
good," he said. "The last 10 games (of the slump), I had been
trying to do too much, but now I'm just trying to put the ball in
play and stay in the middle of the field."
Beltran is hitting .435 in the streak, raising his season
average to .281.
"It's nice to see Carlos swinging the bat and starting to get
back on track," Royals manager Tony Pena said. "There was never
any question that Carlos was going to hit."
Tigers manager Alan Trammell was at the ballpark after missing
the previous two games with the flu, but did not appear in the
dugout as the Tigers lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
"Tram has been able to keep some food down, but he is still
having problems with dizziness, so he will be examined by the
doctors again tonight," Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski
said. "At this point, we aren't sure if he will manage tomorrow in
Minnesota or not. We'll take it day by day."
Dennys Reyes (2-0) remained unbeaten in six starts this season
despite giving up five runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings.
Jeremy Bonderman (4-5) lost for the fourth time in five starts,
allowing seven runs on nine hits and three walks in three-plus
innings. In his last two starts, Bonderman is 0-2 with a 23.63 ERA.
"I have no idea what is wrong, but I better figure it out or
this is going to be a long season," Bonderman said. "I just
didn't make any pitches today, so I'm not doing my job."
The Royals scored three times in the third, and only a caught
stealing kept them from adding to the total.
"That infield single was a pivotal play in the game," Tigers
bench coach Kirk Gibson said. "Jeremy was late getting over there
and he got upset. He walks the next guy and they get three runs."
Sweeney then tried to steal third, and was thrown out. The next
three batters reached base on two singles and a walk, but Angel
Berroa struck out to end the inning.
Detroit made it 3-1 in the bottom half when Alex Sanchez walked
and the next three batters walked, but Kansas City got four more
runs in the fourth.
Kelly Stinnett led off with his third homer of the season, and
Berger singled. After Graffanino walked, Beltran made it 5-1 with
an RBI single, chasing Bonderman. The 21-year-old only retired one
of the final 12 batters he faced.
The Tigers made it 7-2 in the fifth on Carlos Guillen's RBI
groundout. The Royals got two more in the seventh on Graffanino's
bases-loaded groundout and a single by Beltran.
"The bats came alive today," Pena said. "That's the most hits
we have had in a while, and it was good to see."
The Tigers made it 9-6 with four runs in the seventh,
highlighted by a two-run double by Craig Monroe.
Tigers C Ivan Rodriguez missed his second game in a row
with a sore wrist. His replacement, Brandon Inge, threw out three
runners attempting to steal in four tries. ... Guillen collided
with two different teammates in the fourth inning. The shortstop
ran into left fielder Rondell White on a flyball, then bounced off
second baseman Omar Infante on an inning-ending force play at
second. ... Harvey extended his hitting streak to a career-best 12