Texas (68-52) at Kansas City (43-76)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat Aug 21, 2004
  • TV: KDFI
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Mickey Callaway is glad to be back with the red-hot Texas Rangers.

He’ll make his second start since a lengthy stay on the disabled list as the Rangers shoot for their eighth straight win in the middle game of their weekend series with the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Callaway made his first appearance in more than four months Monday, allowing two runs and five hits over 4 1-3 innings in the Rangers’ 5-2 win over the Cleveland Indians. The right-hander had been out since April 14 with a right ulnar nerve injury.

“I am very happy for Mickey,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said. “It’s been a long road back to a point where he can give a contribution. It didn’t look good early.”

Callaway allowed a two-run homer in the first inning, but settled down nicely even though he didn’t manage to go long enough to pick up the win.

“I was anxious to get out there of course, but once I backed off and thought about what I was doing out there, I was fine,” Callaway said. “It was the first time back in a while and it was good to get back and compete again. It was fun and anxious and all around good.”

Callaway made two outings before landing on the DL. He pitched one scoreless inning out of the bullpen on April 9, but was shelled for six runs in just 1 1-3 innings in a start on April 13.

“I’m very happy,” he said. “It’s been a long time for me and I worked hard to get here. I’m ready to get in a groove.”

The Rangers beat the Royals 5-3 on Friday, moving within one victory of matching their longest winning streak of the season.

David Delluci hit two homers, and Kevin Mench added a three-run shot for Texas, which stayed a half-game ahead of the Oakland Athletics in the AL West. The Rangers are tied with the Boston Red Sox atop the AL wild-card standings.

David DeJesus went 2-for-5 with a triple for the Royals, who lost for the ninth time in 13 games.

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M. Callaway Tex vs. B. Anderson TB
0-1 Record 6-12
7.94 ERA 5.64
9 K 70
7 BB 53
2.21 WHIP 1.63