Los Angeles (9-8) at Oakland (10-7)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Oakland, CA
Temp: 72° F
  • Game info: 4:05 pm EDT Sat Apr 24, 2004
  • TV: KCAL, FSBA
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The Anaheim Angels signed Kelvim Escobar to a three-year, $18.75 million contract this past offseason, hoping he would help solidify their starting rotation. Thus far, the hard-throwing right-hander hasn’t done the job.

Winless in his first three starts for Anaheim, Escobar will try for a breakthrough performance with his new team when the Angels resume a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics at Network Associates Coliseum.

Escobar, who peaked Anaheim’s interest by going 13-9 with a career-high 159 strikeouts for Toronto last year, has been reached for nine runs and 23 hits over 17 2-3 innings in his first three outings. On Sunday, he surrendered four runs and seven hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 7-1 loss to Oakland.

Escobar hasn’t been shaken by the suspect start to his Angels career.

“I feel good and I think I’m throwing the ball very well. I just think I need to get a few breaks and everything’s going to be fine,” Escobar said.

The Angels opened a season-high nine-game road trip with Friday’s 12-2 rout of the A’s. Jose Guillen belted a three-run homer and Troy Glaus added a two-run blast as Anaheim pounded out 14 hits.

After the three-game set in Oakland, the Angels travel to Detroit and Minnesota.

Eric Byrnes hit a two-run homer for the A’s, who had their two-game win streak snapped.

Oakland starter Barry Zito was pounded for a career-high nine runs and 10 hits over four innings.

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Starting Pitchers

K. Escobar Mil vs. M. Redman Col
11-12 Record 11-12
3.93 ERA 4.71
191 K 102
76 BB 68
1.29 WHIP 1.50