Los Angeles (48-31) at Kansas City (26-52)

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  • Game info: 7:10 pm EDT Sat Jul 2, 2005
  • TV: FSW, RTN
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Bartolo Colon seeks to win a third straight start for the second time this season when the Los Angeles Angels continue a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals.

Colon, who won three straight games from May 29-June 10, is 6-1 with a 3.12 ERA over his last eight outings. He earned his second straight win, 13-3 on Monday by limiting Texas to three runs and eight hits over eight innings.

“I think it speaks volumes of how Bart pitched,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “He got some balls in good spots and he got into good counts. It was eight strong innings.”

The veteran right-hander is 1-1 with a 6.59 ERA in a pair of starts against the Royals this season. Colon is 12-6 with a 4.80 ERA in 21 career starts against Kansas City.

The Angels are looking for quality efforts from their starters with their bullpen shortened due to Brendan Donnelly’s eight-game suspension that began Friday for having pine tar on his glove. Los Angeles recalled right-hander Kevin Gregg from Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday to help provide innings.

Gregg went 3-1 with a 3.89 ERA at Salt Lake.

“He pitched very well down there,” Scioscia said. “He got some starts and got stretched out. Hopefully, he’ll be in the zone and hitting his spots.”

The Angels avoided a third straight loss with a 5-0 victory to open the series Friday. Paul Byrd notched his first shutout since 2002 with a two-hitter and Vladimir Guerrero drove in a pair of runs.

Kansas City activated Mike Sweeney off the disabled list Friday and the designated hitter went 1-for-3. Sweeney missed 13 games with a sprained left wrist.

“The thing that’s probably bothering him more than hitting is catching the ball, so we’re going to try to keep him away from that for a little while,” Royals manager Buddy Bell said. “It might not be until after the All-Star break that he plays first base, but you might not want to tell him that.”

Royals right fielder Emil Brown went 0-for-3 Friday to snap a career-high 16-game hitting streak.

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21-8 Record 5-16
3.48 ERA 6.99
157 K 80
43 BB 61
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