Los Angeles (23-12) at Baltimore (17-14)

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  • Game info: 7:35 pm EDT Fri May 14, 2004
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The Anaheim Angels may have cooled off a bit in New York, but Jose Guillen is officially the hottest hitter in the American League.

The slugging outfielder will look to keep up his torrid pace when the Angels open a three-game series at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles.

Guillen continued swinging a hot bat during Thursday’s 7-4 loss to the Yankees with a three-run home run that gave him the AL lead in RBIs with 30. He has homered in six of his last eight games and is batting .528 during a 10-game hitting streak (19-for-36).

The Angels dropped two of three to the Yankees after winning nine straight.

”(The Yankees) probably have the best lineup in baseball and pretty good pitching, but we’ve got a pretty good lineup and pretty good pitching, too,” Guillen said.

Guillen’s recent prowess at the plate has overshadowed a brilliant stretch of hitting by Vladimir Guerrero. Signed to a lucrative long-term contract this past offseason, Guerrero is batting .411 (30-for-73) over his last 17 games with eight multihit efforts.

The Angels, who have tied the best start in franchise history through 35 games, will try to overcome their recent struggles against the Orioles.

Anaheim was 0-6 at Camden Yards last season and lost the last eight meetings between the teams overall.

Baltimore is coming off a doubleheader split against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday, winning the opener 1-0 before dropping the nightcap 6-5. The Orioles have won four of six overall.

Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada, who had to leave Tuesday’s game with a muscle strain in his right shin, started both games. He’s now played in 625 straight, the longest active streak in the majors.

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B. Colón NYM vs. K. Ainsworth LAD
18-12 Record 0-1
5.01 ERA 9.68
158 K 20
71 BB 20
1.37 WHIP 1.92