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Probable Pitchers

Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Justin Verlander, RHP
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    Justin Verlander, last 3 starts
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    Justin Verlander, regular season
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    Justin Verlander, last 5 years vs. KC
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Career stats

With the division in the balance, Verlander will move up to start on his regular four days' rest. He has two wins, two losses and a no-decision against the Royals this season, including seven innings of four-run ball Sept. 8.

Jason Vargas, LHP
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    Jason Vargas, last 3 starts
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    Jason Vargas, regular season
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    Jason Vargas, last 5 years vs. DET
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Career stats

Vargas endured his second straight rough outing last Sunday. The lefty allowed five runs in an 8-4 loss to Boston, pushing his ERA to 7.59 in his last two starts, although he has collected 14 strikeouts over his last 10 2/3 innings.

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Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Max Scherzer, RHP
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    Max Scherzer, last 3 starts
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    Max Scherzer, regular season
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    Max Scherzer, last 5 years vs. KC
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Scherzer has two quality starts in his last six outings, but one was against the Royals, who fell victim to 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball from the AL Cy Young winner on Sept. 9 in Detroit. He hasn't pitched in Kansas City this season.

James Shields, RHP
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    James Shields, last 3 starts
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    James Shields, regular season
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    James Shields, last 5 years vs. DET
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After allowing zero runs in back-to-back starts, Shields gave up 10 hits and three runs in seven innings of a no-decision against the White Sox last Monday. He surrendered just one run in previous three starts (22 1/3 innings).

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Detroit Tigers @ Kansas City Royals

, Kauffman Stadium
Rick Porcello, RHP
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    Rick Porcello, last 3 starts
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    Rick Porcello, regular season
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    Rick Porcello, last 5 years vs. KC
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Career stats

Porcello has been rather filthy against the Royals this season, going 2-1 with a 2.18 ERA in three solid starts against them, including 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball with seven strikeouts on Sept. 10 at Comerica Park.

Jeremy Guthrie, RHP
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    Jeremy Guthrie, last 3 starts
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    Jeremy Guthrie, last 5 years vs. DET
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Guthrie turned in one of his most impressive starts of the season in Kansas City's 7-1 win on Saturday, allowing one unearned run and just three hits in eight innings. In the previous start, he surrendered eight runs in 2 2/3 innings to the Tigers.

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Kansas City Royals @ Cleveland Indians

, Progressive Field
Yordano Ventura, RHP
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    Yordano Ventura, last 3 starts
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    Yordano Ventura, regular season
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    Yordano Ventura, last 5 years vs. CLE
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Ventura looked as sharp as ever on Wednesday, in his team's 6-2 win over the White Sox. He tossed seven innings of one-run ball, allowing just three hits and striking out seven in the process. Ventura owns a 2.33 ERA in his last nine starts.

To Be Announced

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