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Sunday, June 29
(All times eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (45-34) at Kansas City Royals (41-39), 2:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (8-6, 3.70)
Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (5-6, 3.75)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Winners in seven of their last eight outings, the LA
Angels of Anaheim try to finish off their three-game set against Kansas City
on a positive note as they clash with the Royals at Kauffman Stadium Sunday
Despite the recent run of success for the Angels, they still find themselves
second in the American League West standings, 4 1/2 games off the pace set by
the streaking Oakland Athletics. On Saturday the Angels picked up their eighth
win in the last 10 opportunities as they delivered a 6-2 victory on the road.
David Freese and Kole Calhoun both accounted for three hits, the former
knocking in three runs and the latter scoring twice. Also showing signs of
life was Albert Pujols, who tallied a pair of hits and two RBI, giving him
five RBI over the last three contests.
"I took some good swings; hitting the balls in the gaps," Freese said. "Those
have been hard to find this year. Getting through some baseballs, that's the
whole key. I think I've seen the ball fairly well this year. But to do what
you want to do, especially at this level, you have to get through the baseball
as well as you can. Today was a good day of showing that."
Hector Santiago started the game for the Angels on the mound, but the hurler
stuck around for just four innings after weathering a four-hour rain delay.
Santiago gave up four hits and struck out four. Mike Morin stepped in and
allowed two runs on a pair of hits and a walk in just two innings, yet he was
deemed the winning pitcher.
"It seems like anything that can have an effect on a win or me getting a win
is happening," Santiago said after his winless streak reached 10 games.
"Everybody's like, 'We'll get you a win one of these days.' I'm like, 'As long
as we get a win.'"
The losing pitcher of record ended up being Yordano Ventura as he failed to
return to action after the downpour. Ventura was charged with two runs on
seven hits, striking out three. Bruce Chen came on and was tagged for four
runs on five hits and a pair of walks, although he also struck out eight in
his five innings of work.
No one in the KC lineup had more than one hit as Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler
both crossed the plate in the losing effort.
Next up for the Angels in the pitching rotation is C.J. Wilson, now in his
third season with the club after spending the first seven years of his career
with the Texas Rangers. The left-hander didn't have his best stuff on Tuesday
night against Minnesota, but still managed to pick up the win, his first in
The California native was touched for six runs on nine hits by the Twins, with
two of those hits being home runs. Wilson, already 1-0 this season versus
Kansas City, has a career mark of 4-0 against the Royals and also has six
saves to his credit in 16 all-time appearances.
As for the hosts, they've penciled in right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to counter
Wilson this afternoon. Guthrie is riding a personal hot streak at the moment,
having won three straight outings. While that may not be all that impressive,
considering the Oregon native won his first two games of the season and then
went 11 consecutive appearances with either a loss or a no-decision, it is
still a sign that he is moving in the right direction.
On Monday the hurler battled the Los Angeles Dodgers for 7 2/3 innings,
allowing just two runs on seven hits, while striking out five, in order to
close to within one game of .500 on his personal record for 2014.
Guthrie, who has pitched the majority of his career in the American League,
has a record of 3-5 with a 4.46 ERA in 12 outings against the Angels.
The Angels, who have won the season series against Kansas City each of the
last two seasons, are now 3-2 during their 2014 matchups.
06/29 10:55:59 ET