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Apr 13, 2010 - 10:35 PM By ALAN FERGUSON STATS Writer

Kansas City (3-4) at Detroit (5-2), 1:05 p.m. EDT

The last time the Detroit Tigers won seven of their first nine games, Rick Porcello was more than three years shy of being born.

The 21-year-old right-hander can help the Tigers to their best start since 1985 on Wednesday when they face the Kansas City Royals in the finale of a three-game series.

Detroit (6-2) went 7-2 to open the 1985 season. Porcello, who was born Dec. 27, 1988, will try to help his club match that as he looks to follow up a solid start in his 2010 debut.

Porcello (1-0, 3.60 ERA) allowed two runs over five innings of a 5-2 victory over Cleveland on Friday in the team's home opener.

The Tigers had to overcome an early deficit in that win, and they came up with yet another comeback victory Tuesday by scoring six runs in the seventh inning to beat Kansas City 6-5.

Detroit, which has needed to rally in all but one of its wins, trailed by five heading into the seventh but got five hits and drew three walks in the inning.

Carlos Guillen's double brought home the go-ahead runs, spoiling the Royals' third straight game with at least five runs and double-digit hits.

"Hopefully, sometime this year we can score some runs early and make it easier on our pitchers, but the fact that we are going out and winning these games says a lot about our team," outfielder Johnny Damon said.

A bullpen that has posted a 2.90 ERA has paved the way for the comebacks, and the Tigers have batted .293 in their best start in six years.

After allowing five runs in a 10-5 series-opening loss Monday, Detroit's relievers bounced back to give up one unearned run over four innings Tuesday.

Royals relievers, meanwhile, are struggling again after recording a 5.02 ERA and 22 blown saves in 2009. Kansas City is 1 for 5 in save opportunities this season and the bullpen has a 7.96 ERA.

"We're 3-5, the bullpen has had an impact on all eight games, and that impact has been negative a lot more than it has been positive," manager Trey Hillman said.

If Kyle Davies' recent history against the Tigers is any indication, the club's relievers might not have much of an impact Wednesday. The right-hander went 0-5 with a 6.25 ERA in his last six starts versus Detroit, although he did pitch well in a 3-2 win at Comerica Park on Aug. 16, allowing two runs over six innings.

Davies (0-0, 4.50) earned his only win against the Tigers at Comerica on Sept. 22, 2007, throwing 5 1-3 innings of three-run ball in a 7-4 victory.

One bad inning cost him the chance for a victory in his season debut Friday night against Boston. He pitched six innings of a 4-3 win but gave up three runs in the fourth.

Porcello has not faced the Royals at home and was 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA in three starts against them last season.








  • Tigers 3, Royals 7 - FINAL
    KANSAS CITY ab r h rbi bb so lob avg
    D DeJesus rf 4 1 2 2 1 1 2 .324
    S Podsednik lf 4 0 2 0 0 1 1 .457
    R Ankiel cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .312
    B Butler 1b 3 0 1 2 0 1 2 .324
    J Guillen dh 4 2 3 1 1 0 0 .361
    A Callaspo 3b 5 0 2 0 0 0 5 .257
    M Maier c

    Apr 14 3:57 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY SCOTT SIZEMORE ALLOWED JASON KENDALL TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C GETZ ON FIRST, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 7
    DETROIT 3 TOP,9TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: D DEJESUS (.324, 2-FOR-4, BB, 2 RBI)

    Royals 7, Tigers 3  Top 9, 0 OutsApr 14 3:50 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BILLY BUTLER SCORED YUNIESKY BETANCOURT
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S PODSEDNIK ON SECOND, C GETZ ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 6
    DETROIT 3 TOP,8TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J GUILLEN (.361, 3-FOR-4, HR, RBI)

    Royals 6, Tigers 3  Top 8, 0 OutsApr 14 3:21 PM
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    Royals 5, Tigers 3  Bot 7, 0 OutsApr 14 3:09 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JOSE GUILLEN (5) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN THE
    7TH OFF RYAN PERRY.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 5, DETROIT 3
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: A CALLASPO (.242, 1-FOR-3)

    Royals 5, Tigers 3  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 14 2:51 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY BILLY BUTLER SCORED DAVID DEJESUS
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 4
    DETROIT 3 TOP,7TH
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: J GUILLEN (.343, 2-FOR-3)

    Royals 4, Tigers 3  Top 7, 0 OutsApr 14 2:50 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND DP BY MIGUEL CABRERA SCORED RYAN RABURN
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J DAMON ON THIRD, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    DETROIT 3 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: C GUILLEN (.294, 0-FOR-2)

    Royals 3, Tigers 3  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 14 2:28 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOHNNY DAMON SCORED ADAM EVERETT
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J DAMON ON SECOND, R RABURN ON THIRD, 0 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    DETROIT 2 BOTTOM,5TH
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M ORDONEZ (.378, 1-FOR-2, HR, RBI)

    Royals 3, Tigers 2  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 14 2:23 PM
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    Royals 3, Tigers 1  Bot 5, 0 OutsApr 14 2:15 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON KENDALL SCORED JOSE GUILLEN
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J KENDALL ON FIRST, M MAIER ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 3
    DETROIT 1 TOP,3RD
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: Y BETANCOURT (.276, 1-FOR-1)

    Royals 3, Tigers 1  Top 3, 0 OutsApr 14 1:48 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY DAVID DEJESUS SCORED YUNIESKY BETANCOURT AND JASON
    KENDALL
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, D DEJESUS ON SECOND, 2 OUTS
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 2
    DETROIT 1 TOP,2ND
    DUE UP FOR KANSAS CITY: S PODSEDNIK (.438, 0-FOR-1)

    Royals 2, Tigers 1  Top 2, 0 OutsApr 14 1:32 PM


  • AL
    AT DETROIT - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY MAGGLIO ORDONEZ (3) TO LEFT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 1ST OFF KYLE DAVIES.
    CURRENT SCORE: KANSAS CITY 0, DETROIT 1
    DUE UP FOR DETROIT: M CABRERA (.433, 2 HR, 9 RBI)

    Royals 0, Tigers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsApr 14 1:21 PM