The Royals avoided tying the team’s highest loss total for a single season on Tuesday with a 17-2 clobbering of the Tigers. Mike Sweeney was 1-2, keeping his American League leading batting average at .347. Manny Ramirez was also 1-2, he’s hitting .345.Chuck Knoblauch, Raul Ibanez and Aaron Guiel hit home runs. It was Knoblauch’s sixth, Ibanez’s 26th, and Guiel’s fourth. Miguel Asencio got the win, improving to 4-7. The game also marked the major league debut of Dusty Wathan. His father, John Wathan, played for the Royals from 1976-1985. Wathan got a pinch hit RBI double.
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