Game 66: Royals (36-32) @ Tigers (36-29)

With the walkoff win over the Twins on Sunday afternoon, the Tigers claimed the series two games to one and took just their second series since the May 16-19 series in Boston (the Tigers have gone 2-6-1 in the nine series since Boston).

Verlander will try to tame the red-hot Royals.

Verlander will try to tame the red-hot Royals.

The team kicks off an important four-game series tonight against the Kansas City Royals with Justin Verlander (6-6, 4.61 ERA) taking the mound, while Jason Vargas (6-2, 3.30 ERA) starts for KC. The Royals are red hot, having won their last seven games, while the Tigers are 3-4. The Royals find themselves only 1.5 games behind the Tigers for the division lead, although the Tigers have three fewer losses (they’ve played three fewer games).

Lineups after the jump

Royals
Jason Vargas (L)

1. Nori Aoki (L) RF
2. Omar Infante (R) 2B
3. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B
4. Billy Butler (R) DH
5. Alex Gordon (L) LF
6. Salvador Perez (R) C
7. Lorenzo Cain (R) CF
8. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B
9. Alcides Escobar (R) SS

Tigers
Justin Verlander (R)

1. Rajai Davis (R) LF
2. Ian Kinsler (R) 2B
3. Miguel Cabrera (R) 1B
4. Victor Martinez (S) DH
5. Torii Hunter (R) RF
6. Austin Jackson (R) CF
7. Nick Castellanos (R) 3B
8. Alex Avila (L) C
9. Eugenio Suarez (R) SS

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