American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, July 24th
(All times Eastern)
Kansas City Royals (40-55) at LA Angels of Anaheim (53-44), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Will Smith (1-3, 7.97)
LA Angels - Garrett Richards (3-1, 3.53)
(Sports Network) - Garrett Richards tries to follow up a terrific showing his
last time out when he goes for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second
test of a three-game set against the Kansas City Royals at Angels Stadium.
Richards scattered three hits with four walks over seven scoreless innings to
beat the Detroit Tigers last Tuesday to run his record to 3-1 on the year,
while lowering his ERA to 3.53.
"(Last Tuesday) was one of those special nights," Richards told his team's
official website. "I had everything working. I had the curveball, slider was
good, glove-side fastball was good, and my sinker was on tonight. When you put
all those together and you command the zone, you're going to have a good
Richards, who has never faced the Royals, has been so impressive for the
Angels that manager Mike Scioscia decided to stick with him and move Jerome
Williams to the bullpen upon Dan Haren's return from the disabled list.
"Garrett's not a finished product, but he has that electric arm," Scioscia
Kansas City will counter with a youngster of its own 23-year-old lefty Will
Smith, who was roughed up in his return to the big leagues on Thursday. Smith
was recalled from Triple-A to face Seattle on Thursday and was hit for four
runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He is 1-3 this season with a 7.97 ERA.
Smith will try to slow down an Angels team that has won three of four after
taking Monday's opener, 6-3.
Kendrys Morales' bases-clearing, single in the eighth was the difference in
that one, while Mike Trout had a pair of hits and scored a run, extending his
American League rookie-record scoring streak to 15 games.
The AL record is 18 games, set by Red Rolfe (1939) and Kenny Lofton (2000).
C.J. Wilson pitched 6 2/3 solid innings in no decision for the Angels. He
allowed three runs on nine hits, striking out six and walking one. Kevin
Jepsen (1-1) earned the win after tossing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
"Tonight, I gave up three runs. I'm upset about that," Wilson said. "I'm upset
about giving up as many hits as I did. So that's under my control. If I lose
2-1, then I can be frustrated. But if you get a no-decision because you're
giving up three runs, that's your fault."
Kansas City starter Bruce Chen, who allowed 22 runs in 19 innings across four
July starts coming into Monday, gave up three runs in just 5 1/3 and was let
off the hook with a no decision. Greg Holland (4-3) took the loss after the
Angels lit him up for three runs in their decisive eighth inning.
Eric Hosmer had a pair of hits and scored twice for the Royals, who have
dropped eight of 11 since the All-Star break.
The Angels took two of three from the Royals back in April and have won 10 of
the last 13 in the series.
07/24 10:52:08 ET