Detroit (13-14) at Los Angeles (17-10)

Fair Currently: Anaheim, CA
Temp: 63° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Wed May 5, 2004
  • TV: FSW
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Kelvim Escobar is slated to make his return to the mound when the Anaheim Angels try to wrap up a three-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers.

Escobar, who missed his scheduled turn last week due to a cracked nail on the middle finger of his pitching hand, is coming off his first win as an Angel. The hard-throwing right-hander, signed to a three-year, $18.75 million deal this past offseason, yielded three runs and three hits over five innings, striking out six without a walk, in a 6-0 victory at Oakland on April 24.

Escobar had been reached for eight runs and 16 hits over 11 2-3 innings in his previous two outings.

He threw a hard bullpen session Sunday in Minnesota before declaring himself ready to go against the Tigers. Escobar has had tremendous career success against the Twins, going 4-0 with eight saves, two complete games and a 2.08 ERA in 14 appearances, including five starts.

The Angels have taken the first two games of the series and won four in a row overall, including Tuesday’s 11-4 rout. Bengie Molina and Jose Guillen each homered and drove in three runs for Anaheim, which has won 18 of its last 20 meetings with Detroit.

Ivan Rodriguez and Rondell White homered for the Tigers, who have lost three straight to dip below .500.

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J. Johnson NYY vs. K. Escobar NYM
8-15 Record 11-12
5.13 ERA 3.93
125 K 191
60 BB 76
1.43 WHIP 1.29