KANSAS CITY, Mo. — We interrupt the ongoing trade talk to bring you this surprising bulletin: The Detroit Tigers have matched their longest winning streak of the season and have looked really good doing it.
The Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 9-3 Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium to win their fourth game in a row.
It was just 90 minutes before the first pitch that the Tigers learned that teammate J.D. Martinez was being shipped to the Arizona Diamondbacks for three prospects.
No matter. The 24 Tigers remaining in the clubhouse (Jim Adduci is en route to replace Martinez) didn’t look like they were ready to throw in the towel on the 2017 season.
Nicholas Castellanos singled, tripled and homered twice to lead an offensive barrage that knocked Royals starter Travis Wood out of the game in the fifth inning. Tigers starter Matthew Boyd gave up three runs on four singles in the first, but settled in to pitch five scoreless innings after that.
* Boyd seems likely to get another turn in the rotation, although it might not be official until later. Daniel Norris, throwing a rehab start with Triple-A Toledo, allowed four earned runs on three hits in three innings Tuesday night.
* Alex Presley started the game in right field after J.D. Martinez was traded. Presley has been platooning with Mikie Mahtook in center. Presley, Mahtook and Adduci could all see time in right field with Martinez gone.
* Castellanos registered only the second multi-homer game of his career on Tuesday. He also hit two home runs on Aug. 19, 2015, at the Chicago Cubs.
And here’s a more obscure stat: Castellanos is only the fourth Tiger since 1913 to have a single, a triple and two or more home runs in a game. The last Tiger to do so was Dmitri Young on May 6, 2003, at Baltimore.
The Tigers continue their four-game series in Kansas City with Justin Verlander (5-7, 4.66 ERA) on the mound against the Royals’ Jason Hammel (4-8, 5.02). The game starts at 8:15 p.m.
So are we just going to add JD’s potential stats to Nick’s for the rest of the year? I’m ok with that
— Ryan Castellanos (@ryan_cast_) July 19, 2017