May 25, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Drew Smyly (33) gets pulled form the game in sixth inning by Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. The Tigers won 10-6. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
The Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will kick off a three-game series on Friday, as the Tigers seek their first .500 or above record since May.
It's been quite a while since the Detroit Tigers had a record at or above .500. May 15 saw the Tigers at 18-18 and it's been downhill since. Two months later their record is 41-42 and they have a chance to get back to the mid-level record when they face the Kansas City Royals on Friday, kicking off a three-game set before the All-Star Break.
Detroit is currently 4.5 games back in the AL Central with the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox both streaking ahead of them; taking a hot streak into the All-Star game as well as a .500 or above record won't hurt their chances of catching up in the second half of the year.
The pitching match up will feature two left-handers, the latest in a series of lefties that the Tigers have faced. Jonathan Sanchez (1-4, 6.80 ERA) will start the game for the Royals while the Tigers will put rookie Drew Smyly (3-3, 4.54 ERA) on the mound.
The game will be at Comerica Park at 7:05 p.m. ET.
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