Saturday, April 11, 2015

Veteran righties Weaver, Guthrie set for duel

The Royals and Angels square off in Game 2 of their three-game set at Angel Stadium with right-hander Jeremy Guthrie on the mound for the Royals against Angels right-hander Jered Weaver. It is Guthrie's first start of the season after a solid spring (2-1, 2.63 ERA), while Weaver pitched the Angels' opener, allowing four runs in six innings in a loss to the Mariners.
Things to know about the game
• Guthrie's last meaningful outing came in Game 7 of the World Series -- a 3-2 loss to Madison Bumgarner and the Giants. Guthrie, however, did win Game 3 of that series.
• Albert Pujols' next home run will move him into sole possession of 18th on the all-time home run list. He's currently tied with Ted Williams, Willie McCovey and Frank Thomas at 521 big flies. Next up would be Jimmie Foxx at 534.
• Angels second baseman Johnny Giavotella, a former Royal, got his American League Championship Series ring on Friday. The Royals gave the ring to Angels skipper Mike Scioscia, who called for him to come into his office. Giavotella groaned, "Oh, no, this can't be good." But Johnny G was thrilled to learn he would be getting a ring. Scioscia then instructed Giavotella to put it on immediately because it "was bad luck if he didn't."

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