Kansas City (48-39) at Los Angeles (44-43)

  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed Jul 9, 2003
  • TV: RTN, FSW
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Jeremy Affeldt hopes to resume his road success when the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals resume a three-game series with the defending World Series champion Anaheim Angels.

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.

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J. Affeldt SF vs. K. Appier SEA
7-6 Record 8-9
3.93 ERA 5.40
98 K 55
38 BB 43
1.30 WHIP 1.46