Los Angeles (3-0) at Texas (1-2)

Sunny Currently: Arlington, TX
Temp: 88° F
  • Game info: 2:05 pm EDT Fri Apr 9, 2004
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The Anaheim Angels are off to a fast start.

The Angels will look to post their fourth straight win to start the season as they travel to the Ballpark in Arlington to open a three-game set with the Texas Rangers.

Adam Kennedy hit a go-ahead, two-run single during a five-run rally in the ninth inning, leading the Angels over the Seattle Mariners 5-1 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep.

“For eight innings, they got the best of us on the field and the mound,” Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia said. “We were fortunate to get that the ninth inning and string together those great at-bats.”

The Angels, who stumbled to a 77-85 record last year after winning the 2002 World Series, are 3-0 for only the third time in their 44-year history. They outscored the Mariners 25-13 in the sweep.

Anaheim will look to keep the offense going against Texas, which is having trouble at the plate.

Though the Rangers managed to avoid a three-game sweep at Oakland with a 2-1 win on Wednesday, there’s concern among the players about the sputtering offense, which managed just seven runs in the three games against the A’s.

“We didn’t do anything offensively,” shortstop Michael Young said. “Hank (Blalock) and I have already talked about that. The hitters at the top of this lineup take a lot of pride in setting the table for this team. We didn’t do that.”

Young, who batted leadoff, was 2-for-12 in the series, Blalock went 1-for-12, and each went hitless in the last two games. Third-place hitter Alfonso Soriano also struggled, going 2-for-10.

“We had an opportunity to win all three games,” Texas skipper Buck Showalter said. “The starting pitching and bullpen were very good. A lot of good things happened to people who have worked hard to make them happen. Yeah, we went 1-2, but it was how we went 1-2 that I liked.”

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