Kansas City (4-8) at Cleveland (5-9)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Apr 20, 2004
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The Kansas City Royals are off to a slow start because of their poor starting pitching.

Kansas City hopes its pitchers can turn things around as it begins a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians.

The Royals have lost six in a row, their longest losing streak since dropping eight straight from Sept. 1-10, 2002.

“We’ll still just have to stay positive,” Kansas City manager Tony Pena said. “Sooner or later we’ll figure this out.”

Royals starters still have not won a game this season, and are 0-3 with 8.21 ERA during the current skid.

“The way we’re pitching right now, it’s going to be a struggle,” Pena said. “We just have to keep playing hard.”

The Royals were 11-1 after 12 games last season.

“It was a lot more fun than it is right now,” left fielder Aaron Guiel said.

Joe Randa homered and doubled, and Tony Graffanino had three singles for Kansas City in an 8-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday.

Cleveland is tied with Kansas City for last place in the Central Division, though the Indians are percentage points ahead.

The Indians, who have lost four of six, are coming off a 10-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Monday. The loss spoiled a brilliant performance by Cleveland reliever Jake Westbrook, who struck out seven in seven innings. He came on to pitch with the Indians trailing 4-0 in the first inning following a 65-minute rain delay.

Second baseman Ronnie Belliard went 3-for-4 and tied a career high with three doubles. Belliard is second in the American League with a .446 average.

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6-12 Record 6-7
5.64 ERA 6.97
70 K 48
53 BB 35
1.63 WHIP 1.76