(AP) -- The Kansas City Royals are in an unfamiliar position atop the AL Central and hope to make a big statement against the two-time defending division champions.
That may be difficult in a place that has given them fits lately, though the Detroit Tigers do enter this season series opener in a big funk.
Wade Davis will try to help the Royals end their seven-game skid in Detroit on Tuesday night when he opposes Max Scherzer, whose Tigers look to avoid a fifth straight loss.
Kansas City (10-7), which hasn't won a division title since 1985, had dropped four of six before coming through with a doubleheader sweep in Boston on Sunday. Following a 4-2 victory in the opener, Billy Butler hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning and Lorenzo Cain walked with the bases loaded in the 10th in a 5-4 win in the second game.
"I thought we had great at-bats in crucial situations," manager Ned Yost said.
His team didn't have many good at-bats in losing its final seven games at Comerica Park...