Tigers play the Royals in first of 3-game series

Kansas City Royals (53-79, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Detroit Tigers (50-81, fifth in the AL Central)

Detroit; Saturday, 6:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Jonathan Heasley (2-7, 5.22 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 55 strikeouts); Tigers: Michael Pineda (2-6, 5.27 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 23 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Tigers -112, Royals -107; over/under is 8 runs

Kansas City Royals (53-79, fourth in the AL Central) vs. Detroit Tigers (50-81, fifth in the AL Central)

Detroit; Saturday, 6:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Royals: Jonathan Heasley (2-7, 5.22 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 55 strikeouts); Tigers: Michael Pineda (2-6, 5.27 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 23 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Tigers -112, Royals -107; over/under is 8 runs

BOTTOM LINE: The Detroit Tigers host the Kansas City Royals on Saturday to begin a three-game series.

Detroit has a 28-38 record at home and a 50-81 record overall. The Tigers have a 25-5 record in games when they scored at least five runs.

Kansas City is 53-79 overall and 21-42 in road games. The Royals have a 23-57 record in games when they have given up a home run.

The teams play Saturday for the 11th time this season. The Royals are up 6-4 in the season series.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jeimer Candelario has 14 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 42 RBI for the Tigers. Riley Greene is 17-for-39 with two doubles, two triples and two home runs over the last 10 games.

Salvador Perez is second on the Royals with 37 extra base hits (17 doubles, a triple and 19 home runs). Bobby Witt Jr. is 10-for-43 with a double, a triple, three home runs and six RBI over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Tigers: 4-5, .257 batting average, 4.45 ERA, outscored opponents by one run

Royals: 4-5, .263 batting average, 6.17 ERA, outscored by seven runs

INJURIES: Tigers: Eric Haase: day-to-day (abdominal), Austin Meadows: 10-Day IL (mental health), Rony Garcia: 60-Day IL (biceps), Jonathan Schoop: 10-Day IL (ankle), Tarik Skubal: 60-Day IL (arm), Beau Brieske: 60-Day IL (forearm), Casey Mize: 60-Day IL (elbow), Kyle Funkhouser: 60-Day IL (shoulder), Spencer Turnbull: 60-Day IL (elbow), Jake Rogers: 60-Day IL (elbow)

Royals: Salvador Perez: day-to-day (hand), Zack Greinke: 15-Day IL (forearm), Josh Staumont: 15-Day IL (biceps), Vinnie Pasquantino: 10-Day IL (shoulder), Taylor Clarke: 15-Day IL (oblique), Edward Olivares: 60-Day IL (quadricep), Angel Zerpa: 60-Day IL (knee), Jake Brentz: 60-Day IL (flexor), Adalberto Mondesi: 60-Day IL (knee), Tyler Zuber: 60-Day IL (shoulder)

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.

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