Detroit Sports Center Detroit Sports Center Home News > Tigers In Kansas City This Weekend Tigers In Kansas City This Weekend Posted on 5/2/2014 6:52:00 AM Hannah Foslien/Getty The Tigers will begin a three game series with the Royals tonight in Kansas City. Rick Pocello will start opposite James Shields. Alex Avila is expected to return to the Detroit lineup following back spasms. The Tigers are two games ahead of the Royals for first place in the American League Central. On Wednesday, the Tigers beat the White Sox 5-1. Detroit is 14-9 on the year.