Detroit Tigers, 43-42, 4 1/2 games behind Chicago.
Today the Tigers try to do something they have yet to do this season: win 5 in a row. And they will need it to keep pace in what has suddenly become the hot division in baseball. Over the last 10 games, the White Sox are 8-2, the Indians are 7-3, and the Tigers are 7-3.
The Tigers send out Mysterious Max Scherzer, who has been hot and cold this season, most recently hot. But he tweaked his hamstring, conceded his last start to Duane Below, and again takes the mound wearing a question mark.
The Royals counter with Sir Everett Teaford, Archduke of Kansas City.
Meanwhile, back in Kansas City, Tiger prospects Rob Brantly, Nick Castellanos, and Bruce Rondon prepare to play in tonight’s minor league all-star Futures Game (5pm, ESPN2).
Stat of the Day: Justin Verlander is tied for 9th in the AL with 4 sacrifice bunts.
Today’s Player of the Pre-game: Delmon Young. ESPN’s Least Valuable Player of the first half has gone on a 3-game home run binge. Could he make it a 4?
Today’s Winning-Out-Into-The-Break Lineup: