Tigers trying to get over Mendoza line
The scrappy Royals have the second-best record (6-10) of any AL Central opponent against the Tigers this season, having split the recent four-game set at Comerica Park. Until the recent split in Oakland, the Tigers had won 9 of 10 series, with only the split keeping them from a clean sweep. The Tigers will be facing right-hander Luis Mendoza, who pitched all of this season at Triple-A Omaha.
Here are the lineups/matchups for Game 1 of the series.
Detroit Tigers (89-64):
Austin Jackson, CF (1.000, 1-for-1)
Don Kelly, 3B (.000, 0-for-1)
Delmon Young, LF (n/a)
Miguel Cabrera, 1B (.500, 1-for-2, 1 HR)
Victor Martinez, DH (n/a)
Alex Avila, C (n/a)
Jhonny Peralta, SS (n/a)
Andy Dirks, RF (n/a)
Ramon Santiago, 2B (.000, 0-for-2)
Brad Penny, RHP
2011 season: 10-10, 5.07 ERA, 1.532 WHIP
2011 vs. KC: 1-0, 8 IP, 0 ER, 0.625 WHIP
Career vs. KC: 3 GS, 1-1, 2.70 ERA, 16.2 IP
Kansas City Royals (67-87):
Alex Gordon, LF (.333, 1-for-3)
Melky Cabrera, CF (.250, 2-for-8)
Eric Hosmer, 1B (.000, 0-for-3)
Jeff Francoeur, RF (.333, 4-for-12, 1 HR)
Mike Moustakas, 3B (n/a)
Johnny Giavotella, 2B (n/a)
Mitch Maier, DH (n/a)
Salvador Perez, C (n/a)
Alcides Escobar, SS (.000, 0-for-3)
Luis Mendoza, RHP
Had his contract purchased Saturday from Triple-A Omaha, where he was 10-3 as a starter, 12-5 overall.
2010 season in MLB: 0-1, 4G, 0 starts, 22.50 ERA, 3.250 WHIP
Career vs. DET: 0-1, 19.29 ERA, 2.1 IP (Mendoza gave up 5 ER in 1.2 IP in the third game of last season, pitching the eighth and ninth in a 7-3 loss.)
FOX Sports Detroit play-by-play man Mario Impemba tweeted out an update on the upcoming pitching rotation, saying that rookie Jacob Turner will pitch Thursday, Justin Verlander will pitch Saturday and Max Scherzer/Doug Fister will split Wednesday's game.