Meche, Royals Prepare For Tigers

When the Royals meet the fellows with the olde English "D" on their caps, things get downright disappointing. The Tigers hold a 7-2 advantage over the Royals this season.
All of which indicates that things haven't changed much since last year, when the Tigers held sway, 14-4.

Gil Meche will try to turn that tide in his third start this season against the Tigers (he's 0-1). Although Meche is 3-0 in his last six starts, he's run out of gas early in his last two outings. That became a source of concern, and prompted Meche to tinker with his preparation.

His road ERA of 3.02 ranks ninth among American League starters.

Kenny Rogers, who is a 20-game winner over KC in his career, will start for the Tigers. He needs a victory for No. 211, which would match Billy Pierce for 21st all-time among left-handers.

Pitching matchup
KC: RHP Gil Meche (6-6, 3.69 ERA)
Meche is puzzled by his past two starts. In each, against the Rays and then the Indians, he pitched three exceptional innings, then his game fell apart over the next three. Meche has felt his body and his arm tiring too soon, and said that he going to change his between-starts routine, after deciding earlier in the season to drop his bullpen workout sessions. With a more rigorous routine in order, the Royals will find out if that's the answer in this start.

DET: LHP Kenny Rogers (3-1, 2.82 ERA)
Rogers appeared to have his usual gritty stuff on Saturday against Seattle, working out of some early jams with minimal damage. But in the sixth, he just lost control -- literally. A double and two walks set up a game-turning grand slam. Rogers threw 37 balls among his 87 pitches and didn't strike out a batter. He has had good success in his career against Kansas City, going 20-14 with a 3.82 ERA in 53 career outings.

Player to watch
Magglio Ordonez can inflict damage, and Meche has not escaped unscathed. In 26 at-bats against Meche, Ordonez has seven hits, just a .269 average, but the seven hits have included a home run and three doubles, good for seven RBIs. He's also drawn five walks.


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