Seattle (56-94) at Los Angeles (85-65)

Cloudy Currently: Anaheim, CA
Temp: 63° F
  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Tue Sep 21, 2004
  • TV: FSNW, FSW
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The Anaheim Angels will need a healthy Vladimir Guerrero if they want to catch the Oakland Athletics in the AL West.

The Angels hope to have Guerrero back in the lineup as they continue a three-game series against the last place Seattle Mariners. He left in the first inning of Monday’s 4-2 win over Seattle after getting hit in the head by a pitch from Mariners’ starter Ryan Franklin.

With the win, Anaheim moved to within 2 1/2 games of Oakland in the AL West with 12 games left to play. The Angels are 4 1/2 games behind Boston in the AL wild card race.

Franklin’s 0-2 delivery drilled Guerrero, who immediately went down and lay sprawled at the plate for a few minutes. The All-Star right fielder moved his arm and talked to those standing over him before walking off the field with the help of the Anaheim staff.

Guerrero has been Anaheim’s top player all season and leads the team with a .328 avg, 32 home runs and 114 RBIs.

Guerrero never lost consciousness, and precautionary X-rays taken at a hospital were normal.

“I don’t think it was intentional. With two strikes, you’re not going to do that,” Guerrero said. “I feel good. I only feel sore where the ball hit me.”

Adam Kennedy also left Monday night’s game against Seattle after spraining his right knee in the fifth inning. He’s hitting .278 with 10 home runs.

Seattle is in the midst of a 10-game road trip that pits them against AL West foes Anaheim, Texas and Oakland.

The Mariners will send veteran Jamie Moyer to the mound against the Angels on Tuesday.

Moyer, who is 6-12 with a 4.98 ERA, has lost 10 straight decisions and has not won since beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4 on June 18.

He’s 12 losses are three shy of his career-high 15 set in 1987 and matching in 1988 with the Chicago Cubs. Moyer had never allowed more than 28 home runs before serving up a career-high 28 long balls this season.

Moyer is 0-3 with a 6.16 ERA in three starts against the Angels this season.

Anaheim leads the season series 13-5.

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