KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 17: Prince Fielder #28. of the Detroit Tigers celebrates with closer Jose Valverde #46 after the Tigers defeated the Kansas City Royals 3-1 to win the game on April 17, 2012 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tigers Vs. Royals: Detroit Sweeps Kansas City With 4-3 Victory

Closer Jose Valverde put the finishing touches on Detroit's 4-3 victory over Kansas City on Wednesday.

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Tigers Vs. Royal Final Score: Detroit Pulls Off Sweep Of Kansas City With 4-3 Win

It was business as usual for Detroit on Wednesday night in Kansas City, as the Tigers used a middle inning rally from Prince Fielder and Miguel Cabrera to pull out a 4-3 win and a series sweep of the Royals.

The victory gave Detroit its second sweep of the 2012 season, and dropped Kansas City's home record to an abysmal 0-5. In addition to Fielder (2-for-4) and Cabrera (2-for-5) having big games, catcher Gerald Laird also finished the night with a pair of hits, continuing his hot start to the year as the Tigers' stellar backup option behind the plate.

Tigers starter Max Scherzer also picked up his first win of the year after going six innings with three strikeouts, and bounced back from a dangerous third inning where he allowed two runs to cross the plate and looked to be coming unraveled. Second baseman Brandon Inge, however, continues to struggle in his bid for consistent playing time, and finished 0-for-4 to lower his season average to .100. Inge will need to drastically improve his plate discipline if he hopes to stick around in the day-to-day lineup.

Next up for the Tigers is a highly-anticipated four-game series with the Texas Rangers that kicks off on Thursday as rookie hurler Adam Wilk is expected to take the mound.

For more on the Tigers, head over to Bless You Boys. For more MLB coverage, check out Baseball Nation.

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Tigers Vs. Royals Final Score: Miguel Cabrera Ends Slump In Detroit's 3-1 Win

Miguel Cabrera was in the midst of his worst slump since his rookie season, hitless in his last 22 at bats, but he broke out of it in a much needed way on Tuesday night. Cabrera knocked in the game-winning run on a single in the top of the 8th inning, his second hit of the game, to give the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

Octavio Dotel picked up the win by working a scoreless inning, although he put two runners on in the bottom half of the seventh. He came in to relieve rookie Drew Smyly, who tossed another strong outing in just his second big league start. Smyly gave up just one unearned run in six innings of work while striking out four and walking one. Jose Valverde pitched the ninth for his second save of the season.

Prince Fielder, who had two hits, knocked in the insurance run for the Tigers and Ramon Santiago had the team's first RBI in the game.

The Tigers will close out their three-game series with the Royals Wednesday night at 8:10 p.m. ET.

For more on the Detroit Tigers, check out Bless You Boys. For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. More Baseball news and info can be found at Baseball Nation.

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Tigers Vs. Royals Final Score: Justin Verlander Goes Distance In 3-2 Win

He gave up a run in the first inning and a run in the ninth, but Justin Verlander dominated every inning in between en route to a complete game, 3-2 victory. The win is Verlander's first this season after Valverde blew his Opening Day start and Verlander blew his gem in his second.

Brandon Inge provided the game-winning hit, a two-run homer in the top half of the fifth inning. Yes, you read that correctly. Austin Jackson was the other run when he led off the game with a homer.

The win wasn't without the Tigers' 2012 trademarked ninth inning dramatics, as Verlander allowed a run and loaded the bases before striking out Alex Gordon looking on a 100 MPH fastball to finish the game. The game to a close on Verlander's 131st pitch of the game, one off from his career high. Verlander struck out nine.

Drew Smyly takes the ball for the Tigers on Tuesday with first pitch slated for 8:10 p.m. ET.

For more on the Detroit Tigers, check out Bless You Boys. For more on the Kansas City Royals, check out Royals Review. More Baseball news and info can be found at Baseball Nation.

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