Drew Smyly is 4-8 with a 3.89 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. (Elizabeth Conley / Detroit News)
The Tigers begin their last series before the All-Star break with an 8:10 p.m. first pitch in Kansas City on Thursday night. After four games against the Royals, the Tigers get four days off before starting the second half at home against Cleveland on July 18.
Tigers at Royals
When: 8:10 p.m. Thursday
Where: Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
TV/radio: FSD/1270-AM and 97.1-FM
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* Wednesday’s winner, All-Star Max Scherzer, is the third American League pitcher to reach 11 wins, following Rick Porcello and the Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka.
* Tigers relievers are working on a stretch in which they have allowed just two earned runs over 19.1 innings dating back to July 2.
* Thursday’s starter, Drew Smyly, will attempt to end a personal two-game losing streak, following setbacks against the Astros and Rays. On the season he is 1-1 against the Royals, with an impressive 1.29 ERA covering 14 innings, with 12 strikeouts.
* Detroit’s scheduled starters for the remainder of the series are Anibal Sanchez on Friday, Rick Porcello on Saturday and Justin Verlander on Sunday.
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1. Austin Jackson, CF
2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
4. J.D. Martinez, LF
5. Torii Hunter, DH
6. Nick Castellanos, 3B
7. Alex Avila, C
8. Eugenio Suarez, SS
9. Don Kelly, RF
Drew Smyly, LHP
1. Lorenzo Cain, RF
2. Eric Hosmer, 1B
3. Salvador Perez, C
4. Danny Valencia, 3B
5. Omar Infante, 2B
6. Billy Butler, DH
7. Raul Ibanez, LF
8. Alcides Escobar, SS
9. Jarrod Dyson, CF
Jeremy Guthrie, RHP