Leyland: '[Royals] going to be good'

Leyland: '[Royals] going to be good'

Leyland: '[Royals] going to be good'
KANSAS CITY -- Count Tigers manager Jim Leyland among those who think the Royals' losing ways are merely temporary.

After Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Royals -- which sent the Royals to their sixth straight defeat -- Leyland expressed great admiration for the young Kansas City club, adding that he thought the team would have no trouble bouncing back from their current losing streak.

"There's no doubt in my mind," Leyland said. "You're not going to see Hosmer stay [slumping] like that. He's going to be fantastic. He's one of the best young players in baseball. You know he's going to get going. Butler kills us. He gets hits against us all the time.

"I really like their team, and I mean that. I know we won a couple games, but I really like their team. They're going to be good. They're very athletic. They can do some stuff with their legs, they got power. They're good. They'll get rolling. They're tooth and nail with us every time we play them."

The Detroit skipper said he didn't want to be around when the Royals do get things together.

"I just want to play [Wednesday] and get out of here."