Kansas City (64-84) at Cleveland (72-76)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Sep 14, 2008
  • TV: WKYC
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Mark Teahen has always hit well against the Cleveland Indians, and it’s finally starting to lead to some success for the Kansas City Royals.

After Teahen’s outstanding doubleheader, the Royals look to win their third straight game at Cleveland for the first time in five years when the teams complete a four-game set on Sunday.

Kansas City (64-84) has gone 17-30 at Cleveland since a five-game run there in 2003, and was 5-10 overall this season against the Indians (72-76) before sweeping a doubleheader on Saturday.

Cleveland held Kansas City to an average of 3.4 runs per game this year before allowing eight runs in each of Saturday’s contests. The Royals won the opener 8-3 before taking the finale 8-4, dropping the Indians 10 games behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.

“We didn’t pitch particularly well,” Cleveland manager Eric Wedge said. “That makes for a long day.”

Teahen hit two home runs in the nightcap after collecting three hits in the opener. That improved his average against the Indians to .323 (62-for-192) with six homers and 26 RBI in 53 games. He has never been on a Kansas City team that has won three straight versus Cleveland.

Overall, the Royals totaled 31 hits in the doubleheader. Ryan Shealy homered and had a career-high four hits in the second game, and is batting .318 (7-for-22) in six games since being called up from Triple-A Omaha.

Kansas City also got solid pitching after losing the series opener 12-5 on Friday night. The Royals will now turn to Brian Bannister (7-15, 5.81 ERA), who is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in two starts versus the Indians this season, and 2-1 with a 1.33 ERA in four career starts against them.

The right-hander, though, is 0-9 with a 7.79 ERA in his last 13 starts overall, and hasn’t won since June 23, against Colorado. Bannister was roughed up in his last outing, giving up seven runs and 10 hits in 3 2-3 innings as Kansas City lost 7-2 to Minnesota on Tuesday night.

Cleveland will counter with Jeremy Sowers (3-8, 5.60 ERA), who is coming off his best start of the season. He allowed one run and four hits while striking out seven in eight innings to earn the win as Cleveland beat Baltimore 6-1 on Tuesday night.

The left-hander went 1-2 with a 6.14 ERA in his previous four starts.

Sowers is 2-1 with a 2.50 ERA in three career starts against Kansas City. Cleveland will be trying to give Sowers some support at the plate again after giving him a total of three runs to work with in three starts prior to Tuesday.

Indians first baseman Ryan Garko homered in the second game of the doubleheader. It was his first since Aug. 19. Garko is batting .222 (12-for-54) while striking out 10 times against Kansas City this season.

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Starting Pitchers

B. Bannister KC vs. J. Sowers Cle
9-16 Record 4-9
5.76 ERA 5.58
113 K 64
58 BB 39
1.49 WHIP 1.49

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Sunday, Sep 14