Kansas City (72-69) at Los Angeles (69-73)

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  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 7, 2003
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The Kansas City Royals gave veteran right-hander Paul Abbott another shot at the majors.

He still hasn’t rewarded them with a win.

Abbott hopes to post his first victory since 2001 when the Royals complete a four-game series with the defending World Series champion Anaheim Angels at Edison Field.

Abbott, acquired from Arizona in August to bolster Kansas City’s injury-plagued rotation, has not won since September 2001, when he wrapped up his best season in the majors, going 17-4 for the Seattle Mariners.

However, a shoulder injury derailed his 2002 campaign, and Abbott did not get back in the big leagues until the Royals came calling last month.

On Tuesday, Abbott made his sixth appearance and fifth start for Kansas City, yielding two runs and one hit over 4 1-3 innings in the Royals’ 8-7 loss at Texas. Abbott struggled with his control for a third straight game, walking six. He has issued 14 walks over 16 innings in his last three outings.

“He was pitching well but he’d reached 100 pitches by the fourth inning,” manager Tony Pena said of Abbott. “I wasn’t going to let somebody tie the game with one swing of the bat and then take him out.”

The Royals took Friday’s series opener 5-0, but was swept in Saturday’s doubleheader to slip three games behind the Chicago White Sox and Minnesota Twins for first place in the AL Central.

In the first game, pinch-hitter Jeff DaVanon hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh inning and Robb Quinlan also had a two-run single to rally Anaheim to a 6-5 win.

Adam Kennedy homered and drove in three runs to lift the Angels to a 3-1 win in the nightcap. Troy Percival got the save in both games for Anaheim, which had lost three in a row.

STANDINGS: Royals - 3rd place, 3 GB, AL Central. Angels - 3rd place, 15 GB, AL West.

ROYALS PROBABLE STARTER: Abbott (0-0, 5.96 ERA). Abbott is 2-5 with a 7.04 ERA in 11 career appearances, including eight starts, against the Angels.

ANGELS PROBABLE STARTER: John Lackey (9-13, 4.93 ERA). Lackey lost five of six decisons before a strong performance Monday at Minnesota. The right-hander allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings as the Angels pounded the Twins 10-2. Lackey struck out four and walked three. He made his first career start against the Royals on July 8, surrendering four runs over seven innings in a 4-0 loss.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Royals - Carlos Beltran, .302 avg., 21 HRs, 86 RBIs, 83 runs and 33 SBs. Angels - Garret Anderson, .315 avg., 29 HRs and 113 RBIs; Tim Salmon, 72 runs; Adam Kennedy, 18 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Angels, 6-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Royals - Thirteen of Kansas City’s remaining 20 games are against Cleveland and Detroit. The Royals are 10-3 against the Indians and 10-2 against the Tigers. … RHP Abbott has a 6.55 ERA in three appearances, including two starts, on the road this year. … The current Royals are a combined 7-for-26 (.269) against RHP Lackey. Angels - RHP Percival has converted 31 of 34 saves chances this season, marking the sixth straight season he has closed out at least 30 games. … OF DaVannon is 6-for-14 as a pinch-hitter this season. … OF Anderson is 8-for-20 (.400) with one homer and six RBIs against Abbott.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Royals - 37-34 on the road; Angels - 38-34 at home.

INJURIES: Royals - OF Michael Tucker (leg), 15-day DL; RHP Jose Lima (groin), 15-day DL; RHP Kevin Appier (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Miguel Asencio (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Runelvys Hernandez (elbow), 60-day DL; RHP Kyle Snyder (shoulder), 60-day DL. Angels - SS David Eckstein (hamstring), 15-day DL; 3B Troy Glaus (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Darin Erstad (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Matt Wise (elbow), 60-day DL; C Bengie Molina (wrist), 60-day DL; 1B-DH Brad Fullmer (knee), 60-day DL.

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P. Abbott Phi vs. J. Lackey StL
1-2 Record 10-16
5.29 ERA 4.63
32 K 151
26 BB 66
1.53 WHIP 1.42