Pitching
Bruce Chen
ERA4.47

BruceChen

SEASON CAREER
W7 78
L2 74
G30 381
IP100.0 1456.1
BB27 520
SO65 1087
Friday, September 13th 7:08 PM ET
Comerica Park, Detroit, Michigan
 

JustinVerlander

SEASON CAREER
W12 136
L11 76
G30 262
IP192.2 1746.1
BB68 538
SO182 1636
Pitching
Justin Verlander
ERA3.43
Kansas City Royals VS. 

Justin Verlander

Career vs. Kansas City
15-5
2.81 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Billy Butler 55 .418 23 2 10 5 7 .475 1.075 .600
Lorenzo Cain 3 .333 1 0 0 0 0 .333 .666 .333
Jarrod Dyson 10 .300 3 0 0 2 3 .417 .717 .300
Alcides Escobar 26 .231 6 0 1 1 4 .286 .594 .308
Jeff Francoeur 29 .241 7 1 2 0 7 .241 .620 .379
Chris Getz 25 .240 6 0 0 1 3 .269 .589 .320
Alex Gordon 51 .216 11 2 5 4 19 .273 .685 .412
Eric Hosmer 23 .174 4 0 1 3 5 .269 .530 .261
Elliot Johnson 2 .000 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Mike Moustakas 21 .143 3 0 2 1 5 .182 .325 .143
Salvador Perez 10 .300 3 0 2 0 1 .273 .773 .500
Miguel Tejada 8 .375 3 0 1 0 1 .444 .944 .500
Detroit Tigers VS. 

Bruce Chen

Career vs. Detroit
6-8
5.23 ERA
HITTERS AB AVG H HR RBI BB SO OBP OPS SLG
Alex Avila 8 .125 1 0 0 2 3 .300 .425 .125
Miguel Cabrera 32 .406 13 4 8 8 6 .525 1.400 .875
Andy Dirks 14 .357 5 0 1 0 1 .357 .786 .429
Prince Fielder 13 .385 5 1 3 2 3 .467 1.159 .692
Torii Hunter 17 .235 4 1 1 2 2 .316 .787 .471
Omar Infante 16 .188 3 0 1 0 6 .188 .563 .375
Austin Jackson 31 .258 8 1 4 3 7 .314 .733 .419
Don Kelly 1 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Victor Martinez 4 .500 2 1 2 1 1 .600 1.850 1.250
Jhonny Peralta 29 .138 4 1 4 1 6 .161 .437 .276
Ramon Santiago 9 .333 3 0 1 0 2 .300 .856 .556

Fielder homers, Tigers beat Royals 6-3

DETROIT (AP) -- Justin Verlander has spent all season trying to recapture the form that made him perhaps the best pitcher in baseball in 2011 and 2012.

Now, with another postseason berth in sight, the Detroit right-hander hopes he's finally turning a corner.

"It seems like the whole year has been tinkering," Verlander said. "I feel like the last three starts, I've found what I really need to be working on and focusing on."

Verlander pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Prince Fielder homered and drove in three runs to lift the Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.

Detroit remained six games ahead of second-place Cleveland in the AL Central and dealt the third-place Royals a setback in the postseason race.

Kansas City is one of several teams hoping at least to catch Tampa Bay for a wild card.

Verlander (13-11) allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings. Three relievers finished. Joaquin Benoit worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and got the final four outs for his 19th save in 19 chances.

Bruce Chen (7-3) allowed five earned runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings.

"They had a really good plan going in. They were hacking early," Chen said. "They prepared themselves really well."

The Royals, who are trying to make the playoffs for the first time since winning the World Series in 1985, fell 3 1/2 games behind the Rays after this series against the leaders in Kansas City's division did not start well.

Kansas City fell behind 6-1 in the fifth, and although the Royals rallied, Detroit's bullpen was able to hold on. With the score 6-3, Detroit's Drew Smyly issued a one-out walk to Eric Hosmer in the eighth, then Jose Veras came on and walked Billy Butler on four pitches. After taking ball one, Salvador Perez popped out, but Veras hit Mike Moustakas to load the bases.

On came Benoit, who has been excellent since becoming Detroit's full-time closer. He struck out David Lough to end the threat.

Kansas City left fielder Alex Gordon overran Austin Jackson 's leadoff double in the Detroit first for an error, allowing Jackson to advance to third. He scored on Torii Hunter 's groundout to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Kansas City tied it in the fourth on an RBI single by Perez, but Fielder's flyball in the bottom of the inning barely cleared the wall in the right-field corner for a two-run shot. It was his 24th homer of the year.

Like Verlander, Fielder has had his struggles this season, but he now has 102 RBIs, the sixth time in seven years he's reached 100.

"If I'm healthy and can play every day, that's what I'm really focused on," Fielder said. "When you're out there every day, you've got a chance to do all those things."

The tiebreaking home run came after banged-up slugger Miguel Cabrera led off with a double to right-center that Lough just missed making a sliding catch on. It was Cabrera's first extra-base hit since Aug. 26.

Detroit added three runs in the fifth. Hunter hit a two-run single, and after an intentional walk to Cabrera, Hunter caught the Royals napping and broke for third. Chen was called for a balk, giving Hunter third and Cabrera second, and Fielder's RBI single made it 6-1.

Verlander has pitched well in 2013, just not up to the terrific standard he set the previous two years. The Tigers are hoping the right-hander will find a groove late this season, and he was breezing along until the Royals rallied with a couple runs in the sixth. Butler's RBI single made it 6-2, and Perez drove in Butler with a double.

But Verlander was happy overall after striking out seven without a walk.

"I feel like I'm pretty doggone close," said Verlander, whose ERA is at 3.66. "I think my stuff's been a lot better. Tonight I made a little bit of an adjustment with my grip on my curveball and that seemed to be working really well for me."

NOTES: Cabrera has been bothered lately by a strained abdomen, among other nagging injuries. Detroit manager Jim Leyland said before the game his third baseman looks better now. ... The Tigers sent RHP David Paulino to Houston as the player to be named in the deal that brought Veras to Detroit in July. ... Butler went 2 for 3 off Verlander and is now 30 for 68 (.441) off the Detroit star. ... Kansas City's bullpen retired all 11 batters it faced, including seven strikeouts. ... Detroit RHP Doug Fister (12-8) faces Kansas City RHP Ervin Santana (8-9) on Saturday night.

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