Castellanos lifts Tigers to 12-4 win over Royals

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers came into this season well aware of how little was expected of them.

For now, they're hanging around the .500 mark - and maybe, just maybe, starting to win over a few fans.

Nicholas Castellanos homered and drove in three runs, and the Tigers routed the Kansas City Royals 12-4 on Saturday. Detroit is a game under .500 after winning five of six. The Tigers broke a 3-all tie with three runs in the fifth on a day when both starting pitchers were in almost constant trouble.

''Everybody had a sheet on the chair, first day of spring training. One of the media guys, people printed that 2018 Tigers will stink,'' said Castellanos, whose team lost 98 games last year. ''All we're doing is going out there trying to prove people wrong.''

Mike Fiers (2-1) allowed two earned runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings for the Tigers, and Royals starter Danny Duffy (0-3) yielded six runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Warwick Saupold pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings for his first career save.

Abraham Almonte had three hits for Kansas City, which has lost 10 of 11. The Royals snapped a nine-game losing streak Friday night when they rallied in the ninth inning to salvage a split of a day-night doubleheader.

JaCoby Jones, whose home run won the first game of that doubleheader, went deep again for the Tigers on Saturday.

Castellanos finished a triple shy of the cycle. He opened the scoring with an RBI single in the first, and his two-run homer made it 3-1 in the third. The Tigers gave up two runs in the fourth, thanks in part to an error by catcher James McCann that loaded the bases with nobody out, but Detroit took the lead back for good in the fifth when Dixon Machado hit an RBI single with two outs to make it 4-3, chasing Duffy.

''He was really struggling to command his changeup, so he was grinding all day,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''When he loses that pitch, he's only got his fastball and slider, and that means he has to be perfect with the slider. When he makes a mistake, like he does with Castellanos, it really hurts him.''

Reliever Tim Hill allowed a bunt single to Leonys Martin that loaded the bases in the fifth, then the left-hander walked Jeimer Candelario and Miguel Cabrera to force in two more runs.

Jones hit a solo shot in the sixth to give the Tigers a 7-4 lead, and Cabrera's two-run single made it 9-4 in the seventh.

TOUGH CHALLENGE

Duffy was starting on short rest after pitching in a doubleheader Tuesday at Toronto.

''That wasn't a problem at all. I felt better than I have on normal rest,'' Duffy said. ''It took a lot of preparation to get to that point, but I volunteered for that, and it didn't bother me a bit.''

Duffy's shaky outing, however, set the tone on a day when the Tigers had 16 hits and drew eight walks. Jose Iglesias had three hits for Detroit, raising his average to .206.

''It's a good win for us,'' Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire said. ''A good bounceback from last night.''

FALLING SHORT

The bunt single by Martin was the first hit allowed by Hill in eight major league appearances. He was one hitless appearance shy of tying the modern big league record, according to information from the Elias Sports Bureau, distributed by the Royals.

Garry Rogenburk (1963) and Jonathan Sanchez (2006) went their first eight outings without allowing a hit.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Royals: OF Alex Gordon (left hip tear) played in the first game of his rehab assignment Friday, going 0 for 4 with a run for Triple-A Omaha. Salvador Perez (left knee sprain) went 1 for 4 in that game as a DH, and he was expected to catch Saturday night for Omaha.

UP NEXT

Detroit LHP Francisco Liriano (2-1) takes on Kansas City LHP Eric Skoglund (0-2) in Sunday's series finale.

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KC4-15
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DET9-10
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  • W: M. Fiers (2-1)L: D. Duffy (0-3)S: W. Saupold (1)
  • HR: DET - N. Castellanos (1), J. Jones (2)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Jay LF50020004.233.333.288.6212.0
W. Merrifield 2B40110011.270.345.392.7371.5
M. Moustakas 3B50100002.325.349.600.9491.0
L. Duda 1B40100001.227.282.364.6451.0
J. Soler RF30100102.280.383.420.8033.0
C. Cuthbert DH41100003.250.333.269.6032.0
A. Almonte CF42300000.233.258.333.5915.0
A. Escobar SS41200002.197.284.333.6174.0
D. Butera C40110004.167.234.214.4482.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    L. Martin CF52210104.286.351.457.8087.0
    J. Candelario 3B50220123.275.348.488.8364.0
    M. Cabrera 1B42230203.299.392.463.8559.0
    N. Goodrum 1B00000000.194.265.355.6200.0
    N. Castellanos RF51331005.286.345.442.78711.0
    V. Martinez DH41110001.274.329.403.7323.0
    J. Jones LF51111012.297.372.541.9135.5
    J. McCann C31100211.226.300.321.6213.5
    J. Iglesias SS52300002.206.265.302.5665.0
    D. Machado 2B32110202.209.270.358.6286.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Soler (4), A. Escobar (4)
      • SF - W. Merrifield
      • RBI - J. Jay 2 (4), W. Merrifield (6), D. Butera (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - D. Butera (4)
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Martin (4), N. Castellanos (5)
      • HR - N. Castellanos, J. Jones (2)
      • SF - V. Martinez (2)
      • RBI - L. Martin (8), J. Candelario 2 (10), M. Cabrera 3 (13), N. Castellanos 3 (9), V. Martinez (10), J. Jones (4), D. Machado (12)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario (2), M. Cabrera (3), N. Castellanos (4), D. Machado (6)
      FIELDING
      • E - L. Duda
      FIELDING
      • E - J. McCann (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Duffy (L, 0-3)4.210662215.261.52-10.0
      T. Hill0.01002001.350.60-3.0
      K. McCarthy0.10000008.101.800.0
      B. Boyer1.011100122.503.501.0
      J. Grimm0.123321021.863.00-6.5
      B. Smith1.22222103.521.43-2.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Duffy (L, 0-3)4.2
      T. Hill0.0
      K. McCarthy0.1
      B. Boyer1.0
      J. Grimm0.1
      B. Smith1.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Fiers (W, 2-1)5.110421003.711.419.0
      D. Stumpf (H, 3)1.11000002.571.572.0
      W. Saupold (S, 1)2.10000100.000.7113.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Fiers (W, 2-1)5.1
      D. Stumpf (H, 3)1.1
      W. Saupold (S, 1)2.1
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Grimm
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 101-64, T. Hill 12-4, K. McCarthy 5-3, B. Boyer 14-9, J. Grimm 22-10, B. Smith 32-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 6-7, B. Boyer 1-2, B. Smith 2-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 27, T. Hill 3, K. McCarthy, B. Boyer 4, J. Grimm 5, B. Smith 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 81-56, D. Stumpf 12-9, W. Saupold 18-15
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 6-10, D. Stumpf 3-1, W. Saupold 3-3
      • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 27, D. Stumpf 5, W. Saupold 7
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      KC4-15
      0102010004111
      DET9-10
      10203132X12161
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      J. Jay LF50020004.233.333.288.6212.0
      W. Merrifield 2B40110011.270.345.392.7371.5
      M. Moustakas 3B50100002.325.349.600.9491.0
      L. Duda 1B40100001.227.282.364.6451.0
      J. Soler RF30100102.280.383.420.8033.0
      C. Cuthbert DH41100003.250.333.269.6032.0
      A. Almonte CF42300000.233.258.333.5915.0
      A. Escobar SS41200002.197.284.333.6174.0
      D. Butera C40110004.167.234.214.4482.0
      Total37411401119-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        L. Martin CF52210104.286.351.457.8087.0
        J. Candelario 3B50220123.275.348.488.8364.0
        M. Cabrera 1B42230203.299.392.463.8559.0
        N. Goodrum 1B00000000.194.265.355.6200.0
        N. Castellanos RF51331005.286.345.442.78711.0
        V. Martinez DH41110001.274.329.403.7323.0
        J. Jones LF51111012.297.372.541.9135.5
        J. McCann C31100211.226.300.321.6213.5
        J. Iglesias SS52300002.206.265.302.5665.0
        D. Machado 2B32110202.209.270.358.6286.0
        Total3912161228423-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Soler (4), A. Escobar (4)
          • SF - W. Merrifield
          • RBI - J. Jay 2 (4), W. Merrifield (6), D. Butera (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - D. Butera (4)
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Martin (4), N. Castellanos (5)
          • HR - N. Castellanos, J. Jones (2)
          • SF - V. Martinez (2)
          • RBI - L. Martin (8), J. Candelario 2 (10), M. Cabrera 3 (13), N. Castellanos 3 (9), V. Martinez (10), J. Jones (4), D. Machado (12)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Candelario (2), M. Cabrera (3), N. Castellanos (4), D. Machado (6)
          FIELDING
          • E - L. Duda
          FIELDING
          • E - J. McCann (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Duffy (L, 0-3)4.210662215.261.52-10.0
          T. Hill0.01002001.350.60-3.0
          K. McCarthy0.10000008.101.800.0
          B. Boyer1.011100122.503.501.0
          J. Grimm0.123321021.863.00-6.5
          B. Smith1.22222103.521.43-2.5
          Total8.0161212842---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Duffy (L, 0-3)4.2
          T. Hill0.0
          K. McCarthy0.1
          B. Boyer1.0
          J. Grimm0.1
          B. Smith1.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Fiers (W, 2-1)5.110421003.711.419.0
          D. Stumpf (H, 3)1.11000002.571.572.0
          W. Saupold (S, 1)2.10000100.000.7113.5
          Total9.01142110---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Fiers (W, 2-1)5.1
          D. Stumpf (H, 3)1.1
          W. Saupold (S, 1)2.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - J. Grimm
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Duffy 101-64, T. Hill 12-4, K. McCarthy 5-3, B. Boyer 14-9, J. Grimm 22-10, B. Smith 32-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Duffy 6-7, B. Boyer 1-2, B. Smith 2-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Duffy 27, T. Hill 3, K. McCarthy, B. Boyer 4, J. Grimm 5, B. Smith 8
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Fiers 81-56, D. Stumpf 12-9, W. Saupold 18-15
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Fiers 6-10, D. Stumpf 3-1, W. Saupold 3-3
          • Batters Faced - M. Fiers 27, D. Stumpf 5, W. Saupold 7
          • 8TH INNING
            Candelario singled to right, Iglesias scored, Martin to second412
            Martin reached on fielder's choice to first, McCann scored, Iglesias to third, Machado out at second411
          • 7TH INNING
            Martinez hit sacrifice fly to left, Cabrera scored410
            Cabrera singled to left, Machado and Martin scored49
          • 6TH INNING
            Jones homered to left center47
            Jay grounded out to third, Almonte scored, Escobar to third46
          • 5TH INNING
            Cabrera walked, Machado scored, Martin to third, Candelario to second36
            Candelario walked, Iglesias scored, Machado to third, Martin to second35
            Machado singled to left, Martinez scored, Iglesias to third34
          • 4TH INNING
            Merrifield hit sacrifice fly to center, Escobar scored33
            Jay reached on fielder's choice to first, Almonte scored, Escobar to third, Butera out at second23
          • 3RD INNING
            Castellanos homered to left center, Cabrera scored13
          • 2ND INNING
            Butera singled to left, Cuthbert scored11
          • 1ST INNING
            Castellanos singled to right, Martin scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Niko Goodrum at first
            • J. Jay: Ball, Jay flied out to deep left
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Merrifield struck out swinging
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • W. Saupold Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Foul, Almonte flied out to left
            • A. Escobar: Escobar grounded out to first
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Butera grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Smith Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCann walked
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Foul, Iglesias singled to center, McCann to second
            • D. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Machado walked, McCann to third, Iglesias to second
            • L. Martin: Ball, Martin reached on fielder's choice to first, McCann scored, Iglesias to third, Machado out at second
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Candelario singled to right, Iglesias scored, Martin to second
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Candelario out at second
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • D. Stumpf Pitching:
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Duda: Ball, Strike swinging, Duda grounded out to second
            • J. Soler: Soler doubled to deep center
            • Warwick Saupold relieved Daniel Stumpf
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert flied out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Justin Grimm relieved Blaine Boyer
            • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Machado walked
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martin walked, Machado to second
            • J. Candelario: Strike looking, Ball, Machado to third, Martin to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Candelario struck out looking
            • M. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Cabrera singled to left, Machado and Martin scored
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Castellanos doubled to left center, Cabrera to third
            • Burch Smith relieved Justin Grimm
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Martinez hit sacrifice fly to left, Cabrera scored
            • J. Jones: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Jones struck out looking
            • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Almonte singled to center
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Escobar doubled to deep left, Almonte to third
            • D. Butera: Strike looking, Ball, Butera popped out to second
            • Daniel Stumpf relieved Mike Fiers
            • J. Jay: Ball, Strike swinging, Jay grounded out to third, Almonte scored, Escobar to third
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Foul, Merrifield flied out to right
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Blaine Boyer relieved Kevin McCarthy
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez popped out to second
            • J. Jones: Foul, Ball, Ball, Jones homered to left center
            • J. McCann: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, McCann flied out to left
            • J. Iglesias: Strike swinging, Iglesias grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • L. Duda: Ball, Foul, Foul, Duda flied out to center
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Soler lined out to third
            • C. Cuthbert: Cuthbert flied out to center
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Martinez singled to center
            • J. Jones: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Jones lined out to right
            • J. McCann: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, McCann struck out swinging
            • J. Iglesias: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Iglesias singled to center, Martinez to second
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Machado singled to left, Martinez scored, Iglesias to third
            • Tim Hill relieved Danny Duffy
            • L. Martin: Martin reached on bunt single to pitcher, Machado to second
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Candelario walked, Iglesias scored, Machado to third, Martin to second
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cabrera walked, Machado scored, Martin to third, Candelario to second
            • Kevin McCarthy relieved Tim Hill
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Castellanos flied out to deep center
            • End of the 5th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Almonte singled to center
            • A. Escobar: Escobar singled to center, Almonte to second
            • D. Butera: Strike swinging, Butera reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Almonte to third, Escobar to second on catcher McCann fielding error
            • J. Jay: Ball, Jay reached on fielder's choice to first, Almonte scored, Escobar to third, Butera out at second
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Merrifield hit sacrifice fly to center, Escobar scored
            • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Machado grounded out to shortstop
            • L. Martin: Foul, Foul, Martin lined out to left
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Candelario singled to center
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to left center, Candelario to third
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos lined out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Merrifield fouled out to catcher
            • M. Moustakas: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moustakas singled to right
            • L. Duda: Duda flied out to center
            • J. Soler: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler walked, Moustakas to second
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Cuthbert flied out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Candelario struck out swinging
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Cabrera walked
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Castellanos homered to left center, Cabrera scored
            • V. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
            • J. Jones: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Jones safe at first on 1st baseman Duda fielding error
            • J. McCann: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, McCann walked, Jones to second
            • J. Iglesias: Iglesias lined out to right
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • C. Cuthbert: Strike looking, Foul, Cuthbert singled to left
            • A. Almonte: Strike looking, Ball, Almonte singled to left, Cuthbert to second
            • A. Escobar: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Escobar grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Cuthbert to third, Almonte out at second
            • D. Butera: Ball, Butera singled to left, Cuthbert scored
            • J. Jay: Foul, Strike swinging, Jay flied out to left
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • J. Jones: Foul, Jones flied out to left
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, McCann singled to center
            • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias singled to left, McCann to second
            • D. Machado: Ball, Ball, Machado flied out to center
            • L. Martin: Foul, Martin flied out to right
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Fiers Pitching:
            • J. Jay: Ball, Jay grounded out to first
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield singled to center
            • M. Moustakas: Pickoff attempt, Moustakas lined out to right
            • L. Duda: Strike looking, Ball, Duda singled to left, Merrifield to second
            • J. Soler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Soler grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Duffy Pitching:
            • L. Martin: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Martin doubled to deep center
            • J. Candelario: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Candelario grounded out to first, Martin to third
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to second
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos singled to right, Martin scored
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)