Friday, April 24, 2009

Going to Kansas City

Detroit motors into KC for a 3-game set. No break in the opener; the Tigs face Zach Greinke, who has a 34-inning scoreless streak dating back to last season. That's a franchise record, breaking Kevin Appier's mark of 33 set in 1993. Greinke is coming off a shutout in Texas, the Royals first shutout in Texas since Bud Black in 1985.

Rick Porcello goes for Detroit.

Since the start of the 2006 season, Detroit leads all visitors with 180 runs at Kauffman Stadium. The Tigers are 20-7 in KC during that span.

KC is tied with Seattle for the AL lead with 3 shutouts this season. What is even more strange --- the Pirates lead the NL with 4.

The Tigers face AL Central teams in 16 of their next 19 games. The only non-Central team in the mix is the Yankees. It's early, but I'm saying to win the AL Central this year, you've got to beat the AL Central. So this could be, if nothing else, a barometer.

Detroit recalled Joel Zumaya from Triple-A Toledo. In 4 IP for the Mud Hens, over 3 games, he allowed zero runs, two hits, and struck out 5.

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