Carlos Santana walked twice and hit a two-run home run in five plate appearances, but the Indians were felled by the Tigers on Tuesday.
Santana hit what appeared to be the game-deciding home run, a two-run shot to right field in the first inning. Carlos Carrasco and the Indians' bullpen limited the Tigers to just one run over eight innings, but J.D. Martinez put the Tigers ahead with a three-run homer in the ninth. Santana has had a nice season after an incredibly slow start to the season, now slashing .230/.366/.430 with 23 home runs and 68 RBI.
Norichika Aoki went 2-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.
Aoki drove in the first run of the game with his double in the third inning. He also doubled to lead off the sixth before being removed for pinch runner Jarrod Dyson. The outfielder has a modest six-game hitting streak that has his average up to .266.
Victor Martinez went 3-for-5 with a double in Tuesday's win over the Indians.
Martinez has hit safely in 10 out of his last 11 games, raising his average up to .332, but he remains eight points behind Jose Altuve for the AL batting title lead. Martinez scored the only run the Tigers pushed across in the first eight innings, crossing home on Alex Avila's bases-loaded walk in the second inning. Martinez has a .332/.402/.566 slash line with 28 home runs and 90 RBI.
Aaron Crow earned a rare save in Tuesday's win over the Rangers.
With Wade Davis and Greg Holland having pitched on each of the previous three days, Crow got the call to protect the Royals' one-run lead. He resonded by disposing of the bottom of the Rangers' order with little consternation, with only a Rougned Odor single allowed in the inning. The save was Crow's third of the season, but he's not a source for more than the occasional opportunity when both Holland and Davis are indisposed.
Derek Holland tossed seven strong innings in his season debut Tuesday, keeping the Royals to one run in a no-decision.
Holland showed no signs of rust after missing five months following knee surgery. The southpaw gave up six hits but didn't walk a batter, striking out six. It was certainly a promising start for the 27-year-old, especially given how his rehab outings had gone in the weeks leading up to his debut. Holland will look for another good showing Sunday against the Mariners.