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  W: D. Duffy (3-1)   L: T. Skubal (0-3)
10:10 AM PT11:10 AM MT12:10 PM CT1:10 PM ET13:10 ET17:10 GMT1:10 10:10 AM MST12:10 PM EST12:40 PM VEN21:10 UAE11:10 AM CT, April 25, 2021
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 8,000

Slumping Tigers have tough task against Danny Duffy

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Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers

  1. The Royals went 6-4 against Detroit in 2020, winning the season series for the fifth time in six years. KC's .562 winning percentage versus Detroit since 2015 (59-46) is the Royals' top mark against any AL opponent.
  2. The Royals lost to the Rays on Tuesday, 14-7, then defeated Tampa Bay on Wednesday, 9-8. KC has scored seven or more runs on five occasions but has been limited to three runs or fewer 10 times.
  3. The Tigers scored 20 runs in a three-game sweep of the Astros between April 12 and April 14, but in seven subsequent games are 1-6 and have managed only 15 runs. Their batting average in that stretch is .203.
  4. Carlos Santana has 14 RBI on only 15 hits, thanks in large part to his .467 average (7-for-15) with runners in scoring position. In all other at-bats in 2021, Santana has a .178 average (8-for-45).
  5. Wilson Ramos leads the Tigers with six home runs this season but has now gone seven straight games without an RBI. Five of his six longballs have come with the bases empty.
  6. Mike Minor held opponents to a .211 batting average in his first two outings this season while issuing five walks. In his last start, Minor did not walk a batter -- but gave up seven hits and took his first loss. Casey Mize allows a .333 batting average the first time through the opposing lineup compared to .222 thereafter.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/23/2021 thru 4/26/2021

The runs are coming at a trickle and the losses are piling up.

It's a rough time right now for the Detroit Tigers, who have lost eight of their last nine games. They have produced just 13 runs in those defeats, including three in the first two games of their four-game home series against Kansas City.

They'll play the third of those games on Sunday.

Brady Singer and two relievers held down the Tigers hitters on Saturday, limiting them to just three hits as Kansas City won a 2-1 squeaker.

Tigers manager A.J. Hinch said his clubhouse is filled with frustration.

"(It's) pretty high, as you would expect coming off some of these losses," he said. "We're better than how we've played and we're getting it handed to us pretty often right now. Our guys are pretty frustrated and quite honestly (ticked) off."

Danny Duffy will start for the Royals on Sunday. Duffy, who has started regularly for Kansas City since 2014, has been stellar in his first three outings this season.

Duffy (2-1, 0.50) has allowed just one earned run while striking out 19 batters in 18 innings. He was a hard-luck loser to Tampa Bay in his last start on Monday, giving up two unearned runs on four hits in six innings while striking out eight.

"I think in years past, a lot of my struggles have been fighting against myself," Duffy said. "The mind's a powerful tool, and it can work for you or it could work against you. ... I feel like I'm in a pretty good spot physically and really good spot mentally, and I'm really thankful for both of those."

The Tigers have seen plenty of Duffy over the years. He's faced them more than any other opponent -- 29 appearances (25 starts) -- and posted an 8-10 record and 4.79 ERA.

The 32-year-old left-hander is pitching as well as he has during any point of his career.

"I love talking about the Danny I'm watching show up here every day," manager Mike Matheny said. "The one who's doing his work in between his starts, how he's competing, how he's working with his teammates. I just don't think it's coincidence you're seeing the kind of production you're getting because of how consistently he's going about his work."

Matheny was also pleased on Saturday by Josh Staumont, who recorded his first career save by getting the last three outs, including two strikeouts.

"He's taken so many great steps in the right direction," Matheny said. "To watch him go out there in a one-run game and do what he did, it was a really special day for our guys."

Detroit's starter on Sunday, Michael Fulmer (1-1, 3.94 ERA), started and lost the first game of a split doubleheader on Wednesday. He threw 60 pitches in four innings, allowing three runs on four hits against Pittsburgh.

Fulmer is 2-5 with a 4.96 ERA in 11 career starts against the Royals. Whit Merrifield has been a tough out for Fulmer, as the Royals leadoff man is batting .435 in 23 at-bats against the right-hander with two homers.

--Field Level Media

Updated April 25, 2021

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