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Tigers drop another against surging Royals

Drew Smyly
Drew Smyly

DETROIT (WTVB) The Tigers' pitching came around yesterday, but the offense sputtered and the streaking Royals downed Detroit 2-1 for their tenth straight win. First place Kansas City this afternoon will shoot for a sweep of the four game series at Comerica Park. The Royals now lead the American League Central by a game-and-a-half over the Tigers, who have dropped 12 of their last 17. Drew Smyly took his start into the eighth inning for the first time in his career but took the tough luck loss despite 6 strikeouts without a walk while allowing 7 hits, including ex-Tiger Omar Infante’s solo homer in the fifth that put Kansas City up 2-0. J.D. Martinez homered for Detroit in the seventh off Royal’s starter Jeremy Guthrie, who limited the Tigers to 4 hits with 9 strikeouts over 6-and-two-thirds innings. Anibal Sanchez will have to be the stopper for Detroit as he goes to the mound this afternoon against the Royal’s Danny Duffy. The Tigers' losing ways are bad enough but Brad Ausmus made things a bit worse following the game. Detroit’s manager is apologizing for a sarcastic comment about beating his wife when the team doesn't play well. Ausmus was asked about his mood when he goes home from the ballpark. He jokingly said, "I beat my wife."  After a brief pause, Ausmus added that he was just kidding and later said he didn't mean to make light of battered women. Ausmus apologized for offending anyone.

There was a no-hitter last night as Dodger’s left-hander Clayton Kershaw put up the gem against Colorado in an 8-0 win in Los Angeles. Kershaw allowed one base runner in the seventh inning on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez and struck out a career-high 15 in the first no-hitter for the two time NL Cy Young Award winner.

The White Sox stopped San Francisco 7-6 Wednesday afternoon in Chicago while the Cubs cruised past the Marlins 6-1 in Miami.             

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