Texas (61-72) at Kansas City (69-62)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Thu Aug 28, 2003
  • TV: FSSW
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Paul Abbott hasn’t done very much for the Kansas City Royals since they gave him another shot to pitch in the majors.

The veteran right-hander would like to begin paying dividends for his new team when the Royals complete a three-game series with the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium.

Abbott, who won a career-best 17 games for Seattle in 2001, had his follow-up campaign cut short by a severe shoulder injury. He did not have an opportunity to pitch again in the majors until the Royals acquired him from Arizona on Aug. 8.

He has yielded 16 runs and 20 hits over 15 1-3 innings in his first four appearances, including two starts, for Kansas City.

Last Thursday, Abbott had his best effort for the Royals, albeit in a 4-3 Kansas City loss at Minnesota. He allowed three runs and three hits over 5 2-3 innings, striking out four and walking four.

Abbott actually carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning, but a three-run lead evaporated just 11 pitches later, as Shannon Stewart hit a tying three-run homer off him.

“Unfortunately you play nine (innings),” Abbott said.

Kansas City remained within one game of the first-place Chicago White Sox in the AL Central with Wednesday’s 9-0 rout of Texas.

Newly acquired outfielder Rondell White didn’t take long to make an impact, driving in four runs in his Royals debut. Kansas City has won four of five since dropping six of seven to slip out of first place in the division.

The Rangers have lost five of six since a season-high eight-game winning streak.

STANDINGS: Rangers - 4th place, 16 GB, AL West. Royals - 2nd place, 1 GB, AL Central.

RANGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Ismael Valdes (7-8, 6.36 ERA). Making his second start since returning from a knee injury, Valdes lasted just 3 2-3 innings in Saturday’s 13-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox, yielding seven runs and nine hits. The veteran right-hander is 0-3 in five starts dating to a 5-1 win over Seattle on July 6. Valdes is 3-2 with a 4.79 ERA in eight career starts against the Royals.

ROYALS PROBABLE STARTER: Abbott (0-0, 8.80 ERA). Abbott is 6-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 14 appearances, including 10 starts, against Texas.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rangers - Hank Blalock, .311 avg.; Alex Rodriguez, 37 HRs, 95 RBIs, 102 runs and 16 SBs. Royals - Carlos Beltran, .300 avg., 21 HRs, 82 RBIs, 78 runs and 30 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Royals, 5-0.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rangers - 1B Rafael Palmeiro is hitting just .148 (4-for-27) in his career against RHP Abbott. … SS Rodriguez is 4-for-11 (.364) with a homer and five RBIs against Abbott. … Texas is 4-5 on its 10-game road trip. Royals - Kansas City has won three in a row at home. … The Royals have won 12 of 14 meetings from the Rangers dating to last season. … Abbott has surrendered 10 runs and 15 hits in 8 2-3 innings at Kauffman Stadium this year.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rangers - 26-42 on the road; Royals - 36-30 at home.

INJURIES: Rangers - OF Juan Gonzalez (calf), 15-day DL; OF Kevin Mench (wrist), 15-day DL; RHP Chan Ho Park (rib cage, oblique), 15-day DL; RHP Ricardo Rodriguez (hip), 60-day DL; RHP Jeff Zimmerman (elbow), 60-day DL; INF Herbert Perry (shoulder), 60-day DL; OF Rusty Greer (neck), 60-day DL. Royals - OF Michael Tucker (leg), 15-day DL; RHP Kevin Appier (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Runelvys Hernandez (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Kyle Snyder (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Miguel Asencio (elbow), 60-day DL.

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29 BB 26
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