Kyle Davies hasn't been able to work more than five innings for seven straight starts. He will try to break the trend when he pitches against the Tigers for the second time in his career on Saturday night at Comerica Park.
Davies, who will make his 10th start as a Royal, has tried to work on his efficiency after a trade deadline deal with the Braves. The right-hander ranks third in the Major Leagues behind Tampa Bay's Edwin Jackson and Texas' Brandon McCarthy in pitches per innings pitched.
In his first nine starts with KC, Davies has allowed two earned runs or fewer five times. However, those outings have yielded just one quality start, against the Twins on Aug. 9.
In his last outing, Davies cruised through the first four innings without allowing a run against the White Sox. However, he fell apart in the fifth inning and was charged with the first six runs of an 11-run inning.
"He was going good and then all of a sudden, he gave up a run and like a lot of young pitchers, he is thinking a shutout is not possible, no-hitter is not possible," manager Buddy Bell said. "Nothing is good enough. It is not the way you think. You have to give us a chance to win. You are going to give up a few runs and you can't worry about it.
"He is a typical young pitcher with a talented young arm. You are not going to be perfect. He just tries to stay too perfect all the time. He has great stuff and he just has to trust his stuff."
Davies allowed two runs on three hits in 6 1/3 innings in a 2-1 loss to Justin Verlander on June 23 in his first career appearance against Detroit.
KC: RHP Kyle Davies (6-14, 5.95 ERA)
After pitching four scoreless innings and then getting hit hard in the fifth inning by the White Sox, Davies figured he must be tipping his pitches somehow. So he vowed to study the videotapes and otherwise analyze his technique to try to find some flaw. In that one inning, the Sox drilled him for six runs on five hits including homers by Danny Richar and Jermaine Dye. This will be his 10th start for the Royals and he's 2-6 since coming over from the Braves.
DET: LHP Kenny Rogers (3-2, 4.24 ERA)
Rogers lasted a season-high seven innings with two runs allowed on Monday at Cleveland, giving Detroit a chance to take the opener in its critical series before an Indians comeback left him with a no-decision. He has allowed five runs on 16 hits over 18 1/3 innings in three starts since coming back from the disabled list earlier this month. As long as the feeling in his elbow is manageable, he's expected to finish out the season strong.
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Mark Grudzielanek carries a .643 (9-for-14) lifetime average with two homers and four RBIs against Rogers. It is the highest career average of any player against Rogers with at least 15 plate appearances.