Stairs struggled in the first half of the season, hitting .252
with eight home runs and 27 RBI.
"When you get 37 years old and you get three days off," Stairs
said about the All-Star break, "you feel pretty good when you come
He said he went home to Maine and spent time with his wife and
three children and watched hitting tapes of himself earlier in his
career with Oakland.
Greinke (2-11) had lost five straight decisions and hadn't won
in seven starts.
He allowed two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings, walking
three and striking out three.
"I thought it was important to get him a win," Kansas City
manager Buddy Bell said about pulling Greinke in the sixth. "Get
us a win."
Greinke has only gone six innings once in his last 11 starts.
"I don't even think it's the pitch count, I just get to the
sixth inning and I'll be bad," Greinke said. " ... They'll have
to take me out."
Craig Monroe of the Tigers certainly wasn't impressed with the
"I saw nothing special with him tonight," he said. "He made
some mistakes, but got off the hook. You have to give him credit.
He's just a young pitcher still learning."
Mike MacDougal pitched the ninth for his 12th save.
David DeJesus added three hits and two RBI for Kansas City,
which set a season high for runs.
"Definitely not the way we wanted to start the second half,"
Shelton said. "We gave up a few too many walks and didn't score
Jeremy Bonderman (11-6) took the loss despite matching his
career high with nine strikeouts. He gave up six runs and eight
hits in six-plus innings.
"Bonderman had good stuff. We started swinging at strikes,"
Bell said. "He got behind in the count."
Down 6-2 in the seventh, Detroit scored three runs on Monroe's
leadoff home run, Shelton's sacrifice fly and Ordonez's RBI single.
But the Royals came back with six runs in the eighth, including
Stairs' grand slam off Franklyn German. It was Stairs' 10th homer
of the season and ninth career grand slam.
"One of those things where you definitely have to give guys
credit for getting on base," Stairs said. "To get the ball in the
air and get a grand slam is a bonus."
DeJesus singled in a run in the inning and Mike Sweeney walked
with the bases loaded.
Detroit scored four in the eighth on an error, and RBI singles
by Brandon Inge, Shelton and Ordonez.
Stairs, who matched his career high with the six RBI, put
Kansas City up 2-0 in the first with a two-out, two-run homer.
Shelton led off the sixth with his eighth homer.
Kansas City reinstated RHP Ambiorix Burgos from the 15-day
disabled list and designated RHP Ryan Jensen for assignment. The
Royals also reinstated RHP Kyle Snyder from the 15-day DL and
optioned him to Triple-A Omaha. ... Detroit placed closer Troy
Percival on the 15-day disabled list with a torn right forearm
muscle. He was on the DL from May 8-June 4 with the same injury.
... Tigers 2B Placido Polanco was out because of a strained left
hamstring tendon. He is day-to-day.