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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