Infielder Wilson Betemit, who tweaked his knee on a slide in Oakland, said he should be able to return to the lineup sooner rather than later. "I feel much better right now," Betemit said prior to Tuesday's game. "I just did a workout and I feel OK, but I want to go outside and take ground balls." First baseman Miguel Cabrera has 102 runs, 97 RBIs and 105 walks and is looking to become only the fifth player in Tigers history to reach the century mark in all three categories in a single season. He would join Hank Greenberg (1937, 1938), Charlie Gehringer (1938), Rocky Colavito (1961) and Norm Cash (1961). Royals: Opportunities abound
Closer Joakim Soria is still out with a sore hamstring, but manager Ned Yost said Tuesday that Soria's absence gives youngsters like Greg Holland and Aaron Crow chances to close "It gives them experience in that situation," Yost said. "It is not a bad thing to give them closing experience even though it's a week, two weeks' worth. Every little bit of experience helps." Right-hander Felipe Paulino starts for the Royals on Wednesday having tossed three quality starts in his last four outings. He's 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA and 16 strikeouts in 13 2/3 innings against the Tigers. Worth noting
Detroit starters have 2.79 ERA and 84 strikeouts in last 17 games, posting 12 quality starts in that stretch.