Teaford, Royals lean to left against Tigers

Teaford, Royals lean to left against Tigers

Teaford, Royals lean to left against Tigers
DETROIT -- It's not something that manager Ned Yost planned, as the Royals slated three lefties to start this weekend's series against the Tigers.

But as a team, Detroit is batting .275 against right-handers this season and .247 versus lefties. The average against righties is tied for second in the Majors, while the Tigers are ranked 18th against southpaws.

Sunday's Royals starter Everett Teaford said no matter what the numbers are against left-handers, the Tigers have the type of lineup that can do serious damage.

"We feel that it is a good matchup for us to start left-handers, but you still have to executive your pitches," Teaford said. "My game plan is to not get embarrassed, especially when you're going against guys like [Miguel] Cabrera and [Prince] Fielder. I'll have to minimize walks and other freebies and keep guys off the bases."