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Detroit0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 160
Kansas City0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 x 280
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  W: J. Vargas (18-10)   L: A. Sanchez (3-6)   S: M. Minor (3)
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Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 20,613

Royals limp into final homestand with opener vs. Tigers

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Detroit Tigers at Kansas City Royals

  1. The Tigers are 11-37 (.229), the worst record in baseball, since August 5. The last time Detroit won consecutive games was when it won four straight from August 1-4. The Tigers have been swept four times this month (twice by Cleveland and once by Oakland and Minnesota).
  2. The Royals are still mathematically alive for the AL's second wild-card spot, but their chances are very dismal. Kansas City has lost eight of its last 12 games, and has committed 10 errors in its last nine games.
  3. The Royals are 9-7 against the Tigers this season, and have won seven of the last eight against Detroit. Since 2015, the Royals have averaged 5.81 runs per game against the Tigers, the most runs per game by any AL team against a divisional opponent.
  4. Mikie Mahtook leads the Tigers with 19 hits and 10 runs scored against the Royals this season. Nicholas Castellanos leads the Tigers with four home runs and 11 RBI against the Royals this season.
  5. Eric Hosmer has 35 RBI in 34 games against the Tigers over the last two seasons. His 35 RBI versus Detroit since 2016 are tied for the second most by an AL player versus any opponent behind only Nelson Cruz with 36 RBI against Oakland.
  6. Jason Vargas has won three consecutive starts and is now 17-10, just one win behind AL leader Corey Kluber. The last Royal to win more than 17 games in a season was Kevin Appier, who went 18-8 in 1993. The last Royal left-hander to win more than 17 games in a season was Larry Gura, who went 18-12 in 1982.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/26/2017 thru 9/28/2017

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals will open their final homestand on Tuesday with the first three games against the Detroit Tigers.

Barring a miracle of Biblical proportions, the Royals will not rise to extend their season into the playoffs. Their "tragic" number is one after their Monday loss to the New York Yankees, meaning one loss or one Minnesota victory will result in Kansas City being official eliminated.

The Royals went 4-7 on their four-city final trip and ended with a 37-44 road record. They are four games below .500.

The list of Kansas City free agents this offseason include Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar, part of the core of the club's back-to-back American League championships and the victorious 2015 World Series team. Also, Jason Vargas, who starts Tuesday, will be a free agent.

While the games might be essentially meaningless, manager Ned Yost recognizes the Kansas City fans will want to see their star players again before they likely bolt for greener pastures.

"You're definitely aware of the possibility that could happen," Yost told the club's website. "These guys have been going so hard this year and they're all beat down. You would really like to just give them a couple days off, but it's hard to do because our fans are going to want to see them.

"We'll pick spots and give them a day off -- but multiple days off, probably not. We'll just try to balance it so they get a bit of a break, but it doesn't take away from giving our fans a chance to see them play."

Yost will get no sympathy from lame-duck Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on a team being beat up.

Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has two bulging disks in his back, a Sunday MRI exam revealed.

"He's already indicated to me that he wants to go on the road," Ausmus said. "We're certainly not ruling out the possibility that he can play again. I would imagine if he did it would be in a DH role. It really depends on the treatment."

Ausmus believes Cabrera should be utilized more as the DH and play fewer games at first base in future seasons.

"Not only do I think it would benefit him, I think that's probably going to happen. But that's not my call," said Ausmus, who did not have his contract renewed for 2018.

Other wounded Tigers are third baseman Jeimer Candelario (swollen right knee) and outfielders Tyler Collins (intercostal muscle issue) and Mikie Mahtook (groin strain). Candelario is expected to return Tuesday, while Mahtook is finished for the season.

The Tigers have lost seven straight and are 4-20 in September. One of those victories was a 13-2 rout of the Royals in a game started by Vargas.

Anibal Sanchez will start the opener of the series for Detroit. Sanchez will be making his 27th appearance and 16th start this season. He is 3-5 with a 6.68 ERA. Sanchez has thrown six innings and allowed one run in each of his last two starts.

Sanchez is 6-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 17 career appearances, 15 of them starts, against Kansas City. He is 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA in two appearances against Kansas City this season. He is 3-3 with a 2.49 ERA in eight career appearances at Kauffman Stadium.

Melky Cabrera is 18-for-42 and Hosmer 14-for-40 with one home run off Sanchez.

Vargas is 17-10 with a 4.03 ERA in 30 starts this year. Only Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians, each with 18 victories, have won more. Vargas' 17 wins are the most by a Royal since Paul Byrd also won 17 in 2002.

Vargas has not fared well against the Tigers this season. He is 0-2, permitting 13 runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Updated September 25, 2017

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