• My Scores
  • NFL
  • MLB
  • Golf

Kansas City at Detroit

Venue: Comerica Park

Max Scherzer has benefited from baseball's best run support all year, but the offense behind him has seemingly disappeared since he notched his 19th win.

The Detroit Tigers hope a matchup with the Kansas City Royals' Jeremy Guthrie can help reverse that trend.

Scherzer makes his fourth attempt at becoming the majors' first 20-game winner on Sunday as Detroit hosts Kansas City.

Offense came at a premium for both clubs in a 1-0 victory for Kansas City on Saturday as an RBI triple by Eric Hosmer in the first inning accounted for the game's lone run. A great throw from left field by Alex Gordon and relay from Alcides Escobar nailed Prince Fielder at the plate for the game's final out when the Tigers first baseman tried to score from first on a double.

The victory clinched the season series for Kansas City (78-70) for the first time since taking 11 of 18 games in 2008. It also pulled the Royals even with Baltimore in the AL wild-card chase and within one-half game of the New York Yankees as both teams lost Saturday.

"We had to win this ballgame and the manner in which we did it was just exciting," manager Ned Yost said.

The Tigers (85-63) hope Scherzer (19-3, 3.01 ERA) can help trim their magic number from 10. But he's surrendered 13 runs in 16 innings over his last three starts, losing the last two for his first back-to-back defeats since April 24 and 29 of last year.

He didn't help himself with a throwing error in a 5-1 road loss to the Chicago White Sox on Monday while allowing five runs - four earned - over a season-low four innings. Just one of the six hits was for extra bases, however.

"I'm not going to beat myself up over this outing," Scherzer said. "I've been pitching too well this year to do that. I'm just focused on what I can control and I just need to go out there and pitch the way I'm capable of."

Scherzer's 6.81 run-support average leads the majors, and he received an average of 7.32 runs while going 19-1 in his first 26 starts. But he's received a total of two runs of support in his last three outings.

He didn't need his best to secure victories in all three starts versus Kansas City earlier this year, posting a 4.05 ERA while receiving 16 runs of support over 20 innings.

Meanwhile, after being shut out for the 10th time Saturday, the Tigers have good reason to believe the runs will come a little easier against Guthrie (14-10, 4.11), who is 2-1 in three starts versus Detroit this year but with a 5.12 ERA.

Guthrie yielded four runs and a career-worst 13 hits over seven innings of a 4-1 road loss to the Tigers on Aug. 15.

Fielder and Andy Dirks are a combined 17 for 39 (.436) off Guthrie while Miguel Cabrera is 12 for 36 with three homers, nine RBIs and five walks.

Gordon is 9 for 25 off Scherzer with seven walks while Salvador Perez is 6 for 15.

Copyright 2015 by STATS LLC. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC is strictly prohibited.
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Probable Starters

Jeremy Guthrie, RHP
2013 stats
190.2 Innings Pitched 194.1
14-10 Wins-Losses 19-3
4.11 Earned Run Average 3.01
55 Walks 48
102 Strikeouts 215
102 Pitches Per Start 105
Career vs. opponent
95.2 Innings Pitched 92.1
7-4 Wins-Losses 9-4
4.14 Earned Run Average 3.61

Max Scherzer, RHP
weather image  Light rain. High level clouds. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Kansas City1st AL Central8251.617-7-3 W 2
Detroit5th AL Central6172.459212-8 L 2
vs Max Scherzer
vs Jeremy Guthrie

Related Video

CBSSports.com Shop

Kansas City
T. CollinsElbow
B. FlynnLat
K. HerreraIllness
M. MoustakasHamstring
A. RiosIllness
J. VargasElbow
J. IglesiasFinger
J. NathanElbow
D. NorrisOblique
A. SanchezRotator cuff
Series Game Log
Apr 10CLEDET 8-4Simon McAllister 
Apr 11CLEDET 9-6Krol Allen 
Apr 12CLEDET 8-5Lobstein House 
Apr 24DETCLE 13-1Salazar Greene 
Apr 25DETDET 4-1Simon House 
Apr 26DETDET 8-6Lobstein Carrasco 
Jun 12DETDET 4-0Price Salazar 
Jun 13DETCLE 5-4Carrasco Hardy 
Jun 14DETDET 8-1Simon Kluber 
Jun 22CLEDET 8-5Hardy Bauer 
Jun 23CLEDET 7-3Price Salazar 
Jun 24CLECLE 8-2Carrasco Farmer 
Sep 4DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 5DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 6DET 1:08 PM EDT  
Sep 10CLE 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 11CLE 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 12CLE 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 13CLE 1:10 PM EDT