American League Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, May 23th (All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (23-23) at LA Angels of Anaheim (26-20), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Danny Duffy (2-3, 1.42) LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (5-3, 3.16)
(SportsNetwork.com) - C.J. Wilson will square off against Danny Duffy Friday night at Angel Stadium, as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim host the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a three-game series.
Duffy is 1-2 with a 1.06 ERA in three starts since sliding from the bullpen into Kansas City's rotation, although he has just one win to show for his efforts. The southpaw was going for a perfect game against Baltimore last week as he retired the first 20 batters before allowing a single to Adam Jones. Duffy went on to throw seven-plus shutout innings while allowing two hits and zero walks.
"(The Angels) are a pretty good team," Duffy said of Friday's opponent. "The Orioles were hitting the ball pretty well, too, so I know what I have in the tank, and I'm going to try to execute to the best of my ability. I'll just be trying to do what I've been doing: pounding the zone, keeping the ball down."
Wilson tossed a five-hit shutout against Tampa Bay his last time on the mound. He threw 127 pitches and struck out seven while walking two for his first complete game in three seasons with the Angels.
"I happen to throw a lot of pitches because I can manipulate my mechanics to take stress off here and there, try to change speeds and not throw every pitch as hard as I can," Wilson said.
Wilson has not allowed a home run over his last four home starts while going 3-0 with a 1.69 ERA.
Overall, the Angels have won seven of their last nine games, including Wednesday's 2-1, series-clinching victory over the Houston Astros.
Jered Weaver was sensational, as he needed just 94 pitches to toss a complete- game. The right-hander allowed a mere two hits to help send the Halos to their fourth straight series victory. Albert Pujols broke a 1-1 tie with a solo home run in the sixth inning, which proved to be the winning run.
Kansas City was idle Thursday after picking up a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox a day earlier to avoid suffering a three-game sweep. Starter Jeremy Guthrie went seven innings and allowed only one run, but it was a 1-1 game until the eighth inning when Billy Butler hit a sac fly and Danny Valencia followed through with a bases-loaded walk.
On Thursday, the team demoted struggling third baseman Mike Moustakas to Triple-A Omaha. Moustakas, the second overall pick in the 2007 draft, is hitting just .152 in 40 games this season and last appeared at Triple-A in 2011.
Injured second baseman Omar Infante (back) and catcher Salvador Perez (thumb) could both return to the Royals' lineup during this weekend's series.
This is the first meeting of the season between these two teams. The Angels went 5-2 against Kansas City in 2013.
05/23 10:40:36 ET