Los Angeles (13-10) at Minnesota (15-7)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat May 1, 2004
  • TV: KCAL, VICT
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After losing out for a spot in the Anaheim Angels rotation, Aaron Sele gets the opportunity to start when the Angels continue a three-game set with the surging Minnesota Twins.

Sele leads Anaheim with 297 career appearances and the most career starts, but lost the fifth spot in the rotation to Ramon Ortiz in spring training.

However, Anaheim’s No. 3 starter, Kelvim Escobar, is hampered by a split fingernail on the middle finger of his pitching hand so manager Mike Scioscia moved Ortiz up for Friday’s game and will start the 33-year-old Sele on Saturday.

“Sele and Kevin Gregg were two options we had, and both are throwing the ball great,” Scioscia said. “With (setup man) Brendan Donnelly out, (former long man) Scot Shields was needed in the bullpen. Aaron is best-suited to throw whatever innings we need.”

The 6-foot-5 right-hander had a rocky season debut, giving up five runs on eight hits over 3 1-3 innings in relief against Texas on April 9. He has since settled down to allow just one run and six hits with five strikeouts and three walks in seven innings spanning three relief appearances.

Scioscia said Escobar, who will throw in the bullpen this weekend, will be re-evaluated Tuesday or Wednesday, but that the disabled list was likely not a possibility. He might use a six-man rotation in some form.

Sele looks to help the Angels bounce back from a 6-3 loss to the Twins on Friday night, just their second loss in eight games. He is 15-4 with a 3.47 ERA in 20 career starts against Minnesota.

Corey Koskie hit his team-leading fifth homer for the Twins, who won for the 12th time in their last 15 games and improved to 3-1 on their six-game homestand. Shannon Stewart and Cristian Guzman each had three hits Friday as every Twins starter had at least one hit.

Former Oakland slugger Dave Kingman will be at the Metrodome on Saturday, joining Anaheim coach Mickey Hatcher in honor of the 20th anniversary of perhaps the stadium’s wackiest moment. On May 4, 1984, Kingman popped a pitch up that went through a small opening in the Dome’s inner shell and never came back. Kingman was awarded a ground-rule double. Hatcher played for the Twins that year.

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A. Sele NYM vs. B. Radke Min
9-4 Record 11-8
5.05 ERA 3.48
51 K 143
51 BB 26
1.62 WHIP 1.16