Kansas City (19-39) at San Francisco (24-33)

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  • Game info: 3:35 pm EDT Thu Jun 9, 2005
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The Kansas City Royals go for their second three-game series sweep since manager Buddy Bell was hired as they play the San Francisco Giants at Pac Bell Park.

The Royals are 6-2, including a three-game sweep of the New York Yankees, since Bell was hired after former manager Tony Pena resigned three weeks ago.

Kansas City had gone 78 series without sweeping anyone before taking three straight from the Yankees at Kauffman Stadium last week. Now, they’re in position for their second sweep in nine games.

Tony Graffanino tripled, drove in a run and scored twice in Kansas City’s 4-1 victory over the Giants on Wednesday.

Bell was ejected in the first inning by first-base umpire Rick Reed, the crew chief, after arguing a checked swing by San Francisco’s Moises Alou.

Ray Durham homered in the fourth for the Giants, who have lost 11 of 12 overall and six in a row at home.

San Francisco’s starting pitching has been disappointing and its lineup lacks punch without Barry Bonds in it.

The San Francisco slugger’s injured knee has shown improvement over the last couple of weeks.

“The strength is getting better, the range is getting better, and the swelling is decreasing,” trainer Stan Conte said Wednesday. “We’re making progress.”

Before Conte’s update, manager Felipe Alou acknowledged that without Bonds there is little chance the Giants will win the NL West title so many expected from this veteran club before the year began. Especially with closer Armando Benitez likely out for the season and ace pitcher Jason Schmidt in a prolonged slump.

“If anyone expects this team to win the pennant like it is, that’s not being honest,” Alou said Wednesday. “The club hasn’t been intact. I want to see Barry Bonds here, and the closer and Schmitty throwing the ball better. I think we will be a different team.”

Starting Pitchers

J. Lima NYM vs. N. Lowry SF
5-16 Record 13-13
6.99 ERA 3.78
80 K 172
61 BB 76
1.66 WHIP 1.31