Affeldt, who is coming off his first win in 11 career starts at Kauffman Stadium, has been the Royals’ most consistent starter on the road this season, posting a 4-1 mark with a 3.76 ERA in seven outings. He is unbeaten in his last three road starts, including a 5-2 victory at St. Louis on June 22.
On Friday, the left-hander finally put an end to his futility at home, beating the major league-worst Detroit Tigers 3-2. He allowed two runs and five hits over seven strong innings, striking out two and walking one.
“I told myself I wanted a good outing, but I didn’t want to try and do too much,” Affeldt said. “So, I slowed it down a little bit. There were a couple of pitches I got away with, but I felt I made a lot of good pitches.”
The Royals got seven brilliant innings from Darrell May in Tuesday’s series opener on their way to a 4-0 win. The victory increased Kansas City’s advantage in the Central to 4 1/2 games over second-place Minnesota.
Aaron Guiel belted a two-run homer for the Royals, who have won six of their last seven.
The Angels have lost two straight since opening July with four victories in five games.
STANDINGS: Royals - 1st place, AL Central. Angels - 3rd place, 10 1/2 GB, AL West.
ROYALS PROBABLE STARTER: Affeldt (5-4, 4.62 ERA). Affeldt made his only previous start against the Angels on May 29, 2002, yielding six runs and 10 hits over four innings in a 12-2 loss. Affeldt is making his first career appearance at Edison Field.
ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: Kevin Appier (6-5, 4.97 ERA). Appier had yielded just two runs over 11 innings in winning consecutive starts before getting pounded in Thursday’s 6-5 loss to Texas. The veteran right-hander surrendered five runs and six hits over 2 2-3 innings, while walking two and striking out none. Appier, who pitched for Kansas City from 1989-99, is 4-0 with a 5.26 ERA in four career starts against his former club.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Royals - Desi Relaford, .298 avg.; Michael Tucker, 13 HRs; Mike Sweeney and Raul Ibanez, 50 RBIs; Ibanez, 52 runs; Carlos Beltran, 23 SBs. Angels - Garret Anderson, .308 avg., 19 HRs and 72 RBIs; Troy Glaus, 50 runs; Adam Kennedy, 11 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Royals, 1-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Royals - The Royals have scored an AL-high 40 runs in July. … RHP Mike MacDougal is only the second rookie in club history to make the All-Star team. Kevin Seitzer was picked in 1987. … C Brent Mayne is 5-for-12 (.417) with two RBIs in his career against RHP Appier. Angels - SS David Eckstein, who injured his right arm in a collision with OF Anderson on Sunday, sat out Tuesday and is listed as day-to-day. … RF Tim Salmon, playing despite kidney stones, was in the lineup as DH on Tuesday. He went 0-for-3 with a walk. … The Angels are batting .438 (7-for-16) against LHP Affeldt.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Royals - 22-19 on the road; Angels - 24-20 at home.
INJURIES: Royals - INF Mendy Lopez (calf), 15-day DL; 1B Sweeney (back), 15-day DL; OF Dee Brown (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Runelvys Hernandez (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Kyle Snyder (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Miguel Asencio (elbow), 60-day DL. Angels - SS Eckstein (arm), day-to-day; DH-1B Brad Fullmer (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Mickey Callaway (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL.