Detroit at Kansas City

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Detroit (9-8) «0220040019110
Kansas City (9-8)000001000160

Tigers 9, Royals 1

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Zach Miner and Gerald Laird like coming to Kansas City, and it is not just for the barbecue and scenic fountains.

Laird and Curtis Granderson hit two-run homers and Magglio Ordonez added a solo shot as the Detroit Tigers beat the Royals 9-1 Saturday.

Laird had three hits, and homered in the second with Carlos Guillen aboard. Granderson hit his sixth home run in the third after Adam Everett led off the inning with a single.

Ordonez's homer in the ninth was his first extra-base hit after 17 singles, and he now has 14 home runs and 62 RBI in 78 games at Kauffman Stadium.

Miner (2-1) picked up the victory, going five-plus innings and allowing one run on three hits for Detroit. Miner is 3-0 with a 0.39 ERA in six games, including three starts, at Kauffman Stadium.

"I think it's mostly just coincidence," Miner said. "I've pitched here quite a few times and had some success. I definitely don't mind coming to KC."

Neither does Laird, who had a career .382 average against the Royals and is 5-for-7 in the first two games of the series.

"I've always liked coming here and playing," Laird said. "It's a big yard and I see the ball real well here. I'm just putting good swings on the ball and the ball is finding holes for me."

Miner pitched out of trouble in the third when he walked Tony Pena Jr. and Coco Crisp to lead off the inning. He struck out David DeJesus looking and got Mark Teahen to ground into a double play.

"He was in trouble and got the good sinker, got the groundball right at somebody," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "That was the biggest at-bat of the game, no question."

Leyland had Juan Rincon warming up after the walks, but Miner retired eight in a row to make it into the sixth.

"I thought, let's try to get out of this," Miner said. "It didn't help Teahen was coming up. He's probably the one guy in the lineup I want to face the least in that situation. It ended up working out.

"Teahen hits me real well and always seems to have good at-bats against me. I definitely didn't want to get 3-2 on him. I was fortunate to get the ball down and got a groundball. The last thing you want to do is when the team gets you runs is go out and walk the first two guys of the inning, but I did it. I tried to stop the damage. I wanted to keep it to a minimum and was fortunate to get the strikeout and double play."

The Tigers broke the game open with a four-run sixth, which included a two-run triple by Josh Anderson and a two-run double by Placido Polanco. Anderson's triple, which scored Laird and Brandon Inge, finished Royals starter Kyle Davies.

"The home runs weren't very good pitches," Davies said. "It was a change up to Laird, up in the zone, middle in. Granderson hit a fastball out over the plate. I didn't have the best changeup and the fastball was not very effective. I didn't have very good location."

Davies (1-1) gave up seven runs on eight hits, including two home runs, while walking two and striking out two. He was replaced by Robinson Tejeda, who yielded Polanco's double, which scored Anderson and Granderson.

"I'm disappointed Kyle didn't make adjustments," Royals manager Trey Hillman said. "Miner settled in."

The Royals scored their only run in the third when Crisp scored on Mike Jacobs' ground out. The Royals went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Detroit relievers Bobby Seay, Brandon Lyon, Nate Robertson and Joel Zumaya held the Royals to two hits over the final four innings.

Notes

Royals RF Jose Guillen, who had been on the disabled list with a hip injury, was activated. C Brayan Pena was designated for assignment. ... The Tigers improved to 21-8 at Kaffuman Stadium since the start of the 2006 season. ...The Royals are 8-4 when RHPs Zack Greinke, Gil Meche and Davies start. They are 1-4 when anyone else starts. ... Royals 2B Alberto Callaspo singled in the second to extend his hitting streak to eight games.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

G. Laird
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Detroit

C. Granderson
AB 4
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Detroit Tigers
Curtis Granderson, CF4212113 .264
Placido Polanco, 2B5012010 .271
Magglio Ordonez, RF5111001 .273
    Ryan Raburn, RF0000000 .000
Miguel Cabrera, 1B4000110 .385
    Jeff Larish, 1B0000000 .154
Carlos Guillen, DH4100111 .222
Gerald Laird, C4232010 .340
Brandon Inge, 3B3120100 .322
Josh Anderson, LF4112003 .300
Adam Everett, SS4120002 .303
Totals37911945  
Batting
2B - Placido Polanco (7, Tejeda), Adam Everett (3, Cruz)
3B - Josh Anderson (1, Davies)
HR - Curtis Granderson (6, Davies), Magglio Ordonez (1, Wright), Gerald Laird (1, Davies)
RBI - Curtis Granderson 2 (12), Placido Polanco 2 (12), Magglio Ordonez (7), Gerald Laird 2 (5), Josh Anderson 2 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Placido Polanco 2 (6)
SB - Josh Anderson (5, 2nd base off Davies/Buck)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Curtis Granderson 1
DP - Polanco-Everett-Cabrera, Everett-Polanco-Larish
Detroit Tigers
Zach Miner (W,2-1) 5311320 6.00
Bobby Seay 0.2100000 0.00
Brandon Lyon 1.2000100 3.72
Nate Robertson 0.2000100 3.18
Joel Zumaya 1200000 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Zach Miner 83-42, Bobby Seay 5-3, Brandon Lyon 19-11, Nate Robertson 12-7, Joel Zumaya 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zach Miner 8-3, Bobby Seay 2-0, Brandon Lyon 4-1, Nate Robertson 1-1, Joel Zumaya 1-1
Batters Faced - Zach Miner 19, Bobby Seay 3, Brandon Lyon 6, Nate Robertson 3, Joel Zumaya 4
Kansas City Royals
Coco Crisp, CF3110100 .262
    Willie Bloomquist, RF0000000 .292
David DeJesus, LF4010022 .215
Mark Teahen, 3B3010101 .339
Mike Jacobs, DH4001001 .259
Jose Guillen, RF2000101 .143
    Mitch Maier, CF1010000 .182
Billy Butler, 1B4000002 .204
Alberto Callaspo, 2B4020000 .380
John Buck, C3000103 .310
Tony Pena Jr., SS2000101 .000
Totals3016152  
Batting
RBI - Mike Jacobs (12)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Pena-Callaspo-Butler
Kansas City Royals
Kyle Davies (L,1-1) 5.1877222 4.88
Robinson Tejeda 0.2111100 1.69
Ron Mahay 1000030 7.71
Juan Cruz 1100100 2.35
Jamey Wright 1111001 1.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 86-47, Robinson Tejeda 11-5, Ron Mahay 16-10, Juan Cruz 12-8, Jamey Wright 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 8-6, Juan Cruz 2-0, Jamey Wright 3-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 26, Robinson Tejeda 4, Ron Mahay 3, Juan Cruz 4, Jamey Wright 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37647
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Todd Tichenor, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Dana DeMuth