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Tigers bounce back with 6-2 win over Royals

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DETROIT (AP) -

Justin Verlander breezed through eight innings and Prince Fielder hit a solo homer, helping the Detroit Tigers steady themselves with a 6-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

Detroit entered one game behind the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central after being swept in a doubleheader by Minnesota on Sunday.

Verlander (16-8) had little trouble with the Royals, who knocked him around for eight runs and 12 hits last month.

The right-hander allowed two runs and nine hits this time, striking out eight without a walk.

Jose Valverde pitched the ninth.

Luke Hochevar (8-15) yielded six runs -- five earned -- and 12 hits in 7 1-3 innings.

Alex Gordon homered for Kansas City.

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