Washington (18-37) at Kansas City (20-34)

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  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Tue Jun 8, 2004
  • TV: RTN
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The Kansas City Royals could be without the AL’s leading hitter when they host the Montreal Expos in the first of a three-game interleague series.

First baseman-designated hitter Ken Harvey leads the AL with a .375 batting average, but he was forced to leave Sunday’s 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox after he collided with relief pitcher Jason Grimsley in the sixth inning.

With the bases loaded and one out, Boston second baseman Cesar Crespo hit a high bouncer to Harvey, who caught the ball and started to throw home when he and Grimsley collided.

While the run scored on a fielder’s choice, both stayed on the ground, apparently in serious pain.

Harvey and Grimsley each went to the hospital for X-rays, which turned out to be negative on both players. Harvey has a bruised right forearm and Grimsley, who leads Kansas City with 27 appearances, bruised his left forearm and right jaw. Both are day-to-day.

“It is very hard whenever you see two guys down on the field. It was very scary,” Royals manager Tony Pena said. “I thought Grimsley was hurt very bad, and Harvey was down, and I think it shocked the ballclub.”

The loss was Kansas City’s second straight and third in five games, and Pena hopes to have both Harvey and Grimsley available for Tuesday’s series opener.

“Harvey’s been swinging the bat real well and Grimsley has been doing a great job,” Pena said.

Montreal also lost its second in a row on Sunday, falling 6-5 to the Cincinnati Reds. The Expos fell to 2-4 on their 12-game road trip, which concludes this weekend with a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners.

On Saturday, Montreal fell 6-3 in 10 innings, and on Sunday, the Expos again lost in the Reds’ final at-bat after they took a 5-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

“We had a shot at shutting them down and winning the series,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said. “It’s very disheartening when you do things right on the field and you can’t get over the hump.”

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