Tigers look to stop 5-game losing streak against Royals

Detroit Tigers (22-34, fifth in the AL Central) vs. Kansas City Royals (25-33, fourth in the AL Central)

Kansas City, Kansas; Saturday, 7:05 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Detroit: Matthew Boyd (2-7, 6.96 ERA) Kansas City: Carlos Hernandez (0-0, 3.46 ERA)

LINE: Royals favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Detroit enters the matchup as losers of their last five games.

The Royals are 16-22 against the rest of their division. Kansas City has slugged .404 this season. Salvador Perez leads the team with a .664 slugging percentage, including 23 extra-base hits and 11 home runs.

The Tigers have gone 11-27 against division opponents. Detroit is slugging .402 as a unit. Miguel Cabrera leads the team with a slugging percentage of .415.

TOP PERFORMERS: Whit Merrifield leads the Royals with 68 hits and is batting .285.

Victor Reyes leads the Tigers with 55 hits and has 14 RBIs.

INJURIES: Royals: Kyle Zimmer: (arm), Glenn Sparkman: (right forearm), Greg Holland: (oblique), Matt Harvey: (right lat), Foster Griffin: (forearm), Jorge Soler: (oblique).

Tigers: Ivan Nova: (right triceps), Dario Agrazal: (forearm), Troy Stokes Jr.: (undisclosed), JaCoby Jones: (left hand), Jonathan Schoop: (wrist), C.J. Cron: (knee), Jeimer Candelario: (back).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.