Texas (30-22) at Kansas City (16-37)

Cloudy Currently: Kansas City, MO
Temp: 67° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Fri Jun 3, 2005
  • TV: KDFI, RTN
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Buddy Bell hasn’t had a chance to see how bad the Kansas City Royals really are.

The Royals’ new manager will shoot for his fourth straight victory when Kansas City opens a three-game series with the visiting Texas Rangers.

Bell, hired to take over the team with the majors’ worst record and second-lowest payroll, began his tenure by overseeing a stunning three-game sweep of the New York Yankees, including Thursday’s 5-2 win at Kauffman Stadium.

Matt Stairs and Terrence Long hit back-to-back homers as Kansas City completed its first sweep of any opponent in 78 series. It was the longest drought in the majors since the Phillies went 79 series without a sweep from 1996-97.

“I’m not (a miracle worker),” Bell said. ”(The sweep) is something the players should be proud of. They should feel good about themselves.”

Royals outfielder Shane Costa, making his major league debut, had his first RBI and his first hit, and rookie third baseman Mark Teahen had an RBI single.

The Rangers had won a season-high nine in a row before dropping the final two games of their series in Detroit, including Thursday’s 6-5, 10-inning defeat. Texas, which squandered a late lead in a 6-4 loss Wednesday, carried a 5-3 lead into the ninth Thursday before another bullpen meltdown.

Closer Francisco Cordero surrendered a sacrifice fly to Carlos Guillen and a two-out RBI single to Omar Infante before Craig Monroe singled home the winning run in the 10th.

“I’ve got to do my job,” said Cordero. “I’ve got to make my pitches, and today I paid for it.”

Mark Teixeira went 3-for-5 with two RBIs for Texas, which hasn’t lost three straight all season.

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