Kansas City (13-24) at Texas (22-17)

Cloudy Currently: Arlington, TX
Temp: 75° F
  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Thu May 20, 2004
  • TV: RTN, KDFI
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Kenny Rogers has proved to be the stopper for the surprising Texas Rangers this season.

He will look to end Texas’ longest skid of the year as the Rangers try to avoid suffering a three-game sweep to the Kansas City Royals at Ameriquest Field.

Rogers has helped Texas end three of its four losing streaks this season. The 39-year-old left-hander had a 6-1 victory at Detroit on Saturday, halting a two-game slide for Texas. He allowed one run and eight hits and no walks while striking out two over 6 1-3 innings.

“It means a lot for us to stem the tide a little bit, get back to winning, and have a chance to win the series,” said Rogers, 2-1 with a 1.96 ERA in his last three starts.

The Rangers have lost five of six overall, including Wednesday’s 5-3 setback.

Hank Blalock homered for Texas, which is batting .327 at home compared to just .246 on the road.

“It’s hard not to press,” Texas’ Herbert Perry said. “We got spoiled. We’d been able to unleash the hounds early, and now we’re not able to do that. But baseball is a funny game. We might go out and score 20 runs tomorrow.”

The Rangers were hurt by Juan Gonzalez, their career leader in homers and RBIs. Gonzalez, who signed with the Royals as a free agent last winter, hit a three-run homer. He had only four homers in his first 121 at-bats until Wednesday night’s shot.

“I respect everybody here in Texas, but we got the win,” he said. “I’ve been working on my mechanics and putting more weight on my back leg.”

The Royals are trying to match their season high of three straight wins established from April 9-11.

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D. May Cin vs. K. Rogers Det
9-19 Record 18-9
5.61 ERA 4.76
120 K 126
55 BB 66
1.55 WHIP 1.48