Chen faces tough task against Tigers

Chen faces tough task against Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- Left-hander Bruce Chen will face a tough Tigers team on Tuesday that he managed to tame last year when he beat them in two starts, with a 2.45 ERA. The 2011 Tigers, of course, didn't have Prince Fielder.

"They've got Fielder, but they don't have Victor Martinez," Chen said. "But they've still got a very good lineup with Miguel Cabrera, [Jhonny] Peralta, Austin Jackson -- all those guys are pretty good. We have a pretty good lineup, too, and all I want to do is give our team a chance to win."

Chen has never faced Fielder, but Cabrera is 9-for-18 against him with three home runs and seven RBIs. However, Chen has handled Peralta (2-for-18, .111) and Jackson (2-for-15, .133).

The Royals are coming off a three-game sweep administered by another division rival, the Indians.

"It's just one of those times we didn't have a very good series," Chen said. "We can't cry about it, we just have to be ready for the series -- which is a very huge series against the Tigers, the guys that are supposed to win the division so we've got to play them hard."