Los Angeles (29-28) at Kansas City (24-30)

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  • Game info: 4:10 pm EDT Wed Jun 1, 2011
  • TV: FSW
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Eric Hosmer(notes) hasn’t yet played a full month in the major leagues for the Kansas City Royals, but his impact is being felt around the AL.

Hosmer and the Royals will try to start June on a positive note when they meet the Los Angeles Angels to close a three-game set Wednesday.

Hosmer finished with two hits, scored twice and drove in two during a five-run third for Kansas City, which ended a forgettable May with a 7-3 win over the Angels on Tuesday.

Though he didn’t make his major league debut until May 6, Hosmer led all AL rookies in batting average for the month at .289.

Hosmer, who has five homers and 17 RBIs in 23 games, hasn’t been able to carry the team by himself. The Royals were 20-17 after beating the Yankees in New York on May 12, but then dropped five in a row while totaling nine runs. They had another five-game slide May 21-26.

Royals manager Ned Yost praised veteran starter Jeff Francis(notes) for halting Kansas City’s latest three-game losing streak.

“Francis went out and struggled through the first, gave up two runs,” Yost said. “He really danced in and out of problems in the second and third. We scored the five runs and he settled down big time.”

After one dominating relief appearance with his new club, Felipe Paulino(notes) (0-0, 0.00 ERA) will make his first start for Kansas City (24-30).

The right-hander was picked up from Colorado for cash considerations Thursday. Hours after joining the team Friday, Paulino allowed one hit in 4 1-3 scoreless innings after rookie Nate Adcock(notes) struggled, and the Royals rallied for a 12-7 win in 14 innings over Texas.

Paulino will become the eighth starter used by Kansas City this year.

“If Adcock had had a real decent start, we’d have probably left (Paulino) in the pen,” Yost told the Royals’ official website. “But Paulino has got more weapons right now.”

Paulino is 5-20 with a 5.12 ERA in 34 career starts, all with Houston. He has never faced the Angels.

Mark Trumbo(notes), Jeff Mathis(notes) and former Royal Alberto Callaspo(notes) drove in runs Tuesday for Los Angeles (29-28). Trumbo and Washington’s Danny Espinosa(notes) are tied for the major league lead with 10 homers.

Tyler Chatwood(notes) (3-2, 4.13) will make his first appearance versus the Royals in the finale of their six-game road trip.

The rookie right-hander failed to get a decision Friday at Minnesota, where he was reached for four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings. Los Angeles scored all its runs over the final two innings to rally for a 6-5 win.

After beating the Chicago White Sox in his first career road game on April 16, Chatwood is 0-1 with a 9.75 ERA in three starts away from home.

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Starting Pitchers

T. Chatwood Col vs. F. Paulino Bos
6-11 Record 4-10
4.75 ERA 4.46
74 K 133
71 BB 55
1.67 WHIP 1.44

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Wednesday, Jun 1