The first two games are against the Cincinnati Reds, who likewise have an appalling record, 23-43. They possess the worst record in the National League.
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The Royals will start veteran right-hander Ian Kennedy in the opener. Kennedy is coming off a start Thursday against the Angels when he allowed one Al Macinnis Jersey run and seven hits over five innings in a no-decision. Overall, he is 1-6 with a 5.76 ERA.

Kennedy beat the Reds the last time he faced them, allowing one run, a homer, on two hits over five innings, but had to pitch around six walks.

Few Reds have faced Kennedy. Joey Votto is 5-for-15, .333, with a home run and three walks. Scooter Gennett is 4-for-10 with a home run. The Reds plan to utilize Votto as the designated hitter for these two games in an American League park.

Man, I don’t know who made this schedule, but it’s been tough for us, Tigers center fielder Leonys Martin told the Detroit News. A lot of late flights, day games, night games. But we’ve got to do it. We never gave up. We go out and fight. Now we just have to move forward.

Detroit (31-36) trails Cleveland by five games in the American League Central standings.

We hung in there, Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire told the News. We played a lot of close ballgames. One swing of the bat here or there or one good pitch could’ve changed it. Ten and eight, yes, but we could have been better. I think that’s what keeps driving these guys. We know we can do better.

Minnesota (28-34) is just a half game behind Detroit in the standings, It also lost two of three last weekend, though it salvaged the finale on Sunday with a 7-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.