Saturday, June 18, 2016

Boyd looking to rebound in clash against Volquez, Royals

Tigers left-hander Matt Boyd (0-1, 4.91 ERA), who is only in his second season in the Majors, will make his 17th career start as he faces Royals righty Edinson Volquez on Saturday at Kauffman Stadium.
However, when it comes to the Royals, the 25-year-old Boyd is no novice. In Boyd's first season, four of his 13 outings came against the World Series Champions. The Tigers went 2-2 in those games and 2-1 in the three where he pitched at least five innings.
As Boyd gears up for his fifth showdown with the Royals, he'll be looking to shrug off his last outing, where he surrendered six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings against the White Sox. The Tigers have only won one of the last six games Boyd has pitched in, and are 0-2 against the AL Central this year with Boyd on the mound.
Volquez (6-6, 3.90 ERA) on the other hand, has dominated the AL Central more often than not this year. Volquez comes into the matchup fresh off one of his best outings of the season. Against the Indians last Sunday, Volquez went seven innings and gave up two hits.
For Volquez, that game marked his first pitching performance without surrendering a run since April 21. Coincidentally, that last scoreless outing was against Detroit, as Volquez limited the Tigers to five hits in seven innings, striking out five while walking just one.
Things to know about this game
• With Volquez on the mound, the Royals are 4-0 at home against the AL Central this year and 7-2 in their last nine overall against the division.
• Tigers left fielder Justin Upton -- who entered Friday hitting just .229 -- is riding a seven-game hitting streak after belting a two-run homer in the ninth in Friday's 10-3 loss. He has recorded at least one hit in all but one game against the Royals since the start of the 2012 season (12 games).
• Catcher Salvador Perez is the only Royals starter from the first two games of the series to have previously faced Boyd and have a sub-.300 average against him. Designated hitter Kendrys Morales leads the group with a career .667 average in nine at-bats against Boyd.

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