KANSAS CITY, MO - SEPTEMBER 14: Kendrys Morales #8 celebrates his two-run home run with Mark Trumbo #44 of the Los Angeles Angels during a game against the Kansas City Royals in the eighth inning at Kauffman Stadium on September 14, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Royals Vs. Angels: Kansas City Wins In Walkoff Fashion On Saturday Night

The Royals open a three-game series against Los Angeles Friday.

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Royals Vs. Angels Game Recap: Kansas City Drops Series Finale, 4-3

The Kansas City Royals dropped the finale of a three-game set to the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday, 4-3. With the loss, the Royals failed in their attempt to win their second consecutive series.

All of the scoring in this game took place in the first four innings, as the Angels got on the board first with a run in the first, and three runs in the second. Mark Trumbo dealt the big blow, as his three-run homer off of Will Smith gave the Angels just enough runs to work with for the remainder of the ball game.

Kansas City started an attempt to fight back in the bottom of the second, as Jeff Francoeur plated a run with a groundout. The rally would continue in the next inning, as Tony Abreu hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot off of Dan Haren, to get the Royals to within two runs. Francoeur would drive in another run in the fourth, using an RBI infield single to make it a one-run game. However, that's as close as Kansas City would get, as Haren and the Angels bullpen held serve throughout the final five innings.

The Royals hope to get back on a winning track on Tuesday, as they welcome the first-place Chicago White Sox to town for a three-game set.

Check out Royals Review for more Kansas City baseball news, and be sure to visit Halos Heaven for more on the Angels. Also head over to Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Royals Vs. Angels: Smith Will Face Haren In Series Finale

Kansas City won in walk-off fashion on Saturday night, and they'll hope that momentum carries through to Sunday as they meet the Angels for the final time in 2012. The Royals will send left-hander Will Smith to the mound for Sunday's series finale. Smith is 5-7 on the season with a 4.94 era.

The Angels will counter with Dan Haren. Haren isn't having his finest season, sitting at 10-11 with a 4.45 era. The Angels are currently trying to chase down the second wild card spot, and they currently sit 2½ games behind the Orioles.

The game is scheduled to start at 1:10 p.m. CT from Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City. The Royals will then have Monday off before beginning a series with the White Sox on Tuesday.

Check out Royals Review for more Kansas City baseball news, and be sure to visit Halos Heaven for more on the Angels. Also head over to Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Royals Vs. Angels: Greinke Baffles Royals Hitters But Royals Win Anyway

The Royals offense did basically nothing all night, but in the bottom of the ninth they made it an evening to remember.

Zack Greinke was on the hill for the Angels as he pitched his second game in Kaufmann Stadium against his old team, and he'd be impressive again. Previously, in his return to Kaufmann Stadium, he'd throw seven innings of one-run ball but take the no-decision in the Royals 2-1 victory. Saturday would see him do even better, throwing 8.1 innings and allowing only five hits.

Greinke would leave the game with one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the ninth inning. Ernesto Frieri would enter the game and promptly give up a game tying home run to Billy Butler, and he'd immediately serve up a second as Salvador Perez ended the game for the Royals win.

Jeremie Guthrie was solid for the Royals, going eight inning of his own and allowing only a pair of runs. He was in line to be a tough luck loser until the Royals ninth inning rally. The full box score can be found here.

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Royals Vs. Angels Lineups: David Lough Is Batting Lead Off

Kansas City Royals are going up against the Los Angeles Angels and starting for Kansas City is Jeremy Guthrie to try to even up the sereis. Guthrie has bee pedestrian this year and has a 4-3 record with an ERA of 3.23. The Angels are countering with Zack Greinke who is 5-2 with an ERA 4.15.

There is a new lead off hitter for the Royals with David Lough taking that spot, and he will be handling center field as well. That is the only lineup change that Kansas City is making for Saturday night.

Royals lineup:
1. David Lough CF
2. Alcides Escobar SS
3. Alex Gordon LF
4. Billy Butler DH
5. Salvador Perez C
6. Mike Moustakas 3B
7. Jeff Francoeur RF
8. Eric Hosmer 1B
9. Johnny Giavotella 2B
Jeremy Guthrie P

Angels lineup:
1. Mike Trout CF
2. Torii Hunter RF
3. Albert Pujols 1B
4. Kendrys Morales DH
5. Howard Kendrick 2B
6. Erick Aybar SS
7. Vernon Wells LF
8. Alberto Callaspo 3B
9. Chris Iannetta C
Zack Greinke P

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Angels Vs. Royals: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Kansas City Royals resume their weekend series with the Los Angeles Angels when the two teams meet on Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium.

The Royals hope to get back to the wins column, after losing Friday when Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning to help lead the Angels to a come-from-behind, 9-7 win.

Kansas City is scheduled to start right-hander Jeremy Guthrie (7-12, 5.06 ERA), who has pitched well of late, including his last start against the Chicago White Sox when he took a tough no decision despite throwing eight shutout innings.

The Angels will counter with right-hander Zack Greinke (14-5, 3.68 ERA) who will carry a four-game winning streak to the mound. The Angels are 7-3 in their last 10 games and remain in the AL Wild Card race at 2.5 games out.

The game is scheduled to start at 6:10 p.m. CT and will be shown on MLB.TV and Fox Sports West.

Check out Royals Review for more Kansas City baseball news, and be sure to visit Halos Heaven for more on the Angels. Also head over to Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Royals Vs. Angels Game Recap: Kansas City Loses Late, 9-7

The Kansas City Royals lost the lead to a 3-run eighth inning by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and were unable to recover, losing 9-7.

The Royals led most of the offense-filled game, and entered the eighth inning up 7-5. Angels designated hitter Kendrys Morales hit a two run homer to tie the game. Torii Hunter drew a bases loaded walk to bring home Mike Trout, bringing the score to 8-7, a lead the Angels wouldn't surrender. A Kole Calhoun RBI drove in Vernon Wells in the ninth to bring the game to the final score of 9-7.

The Royals were without center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who could miss the remainder of the season with a grade-2 strain in his right hamstring. Jason Bourgeois started in Cain's place, going 2-3 on the night, with one run and one RBI. Bourgeois is expected to platoon in center with David Lough while Cain is out.

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Royals Vs. Angels Lineups: Kansas City To Press On Without Lorenzo Cain

The Kansas City Royals kick off a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Kauffman Stadium tonight, with a chance to play spoiler as the Halos try to back into an A.L. Wild Card spot.

The Royals will have to do it without center fielder Lorenzo Cain, who might miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a grade-2 strain in his right hamstring. Jason Bourgeois and David Lough will likely platoon in center field in Cain's absence, with Bourgeois getting the start on Friday night.

The Royals will send lefty Bruce Chen (10-12, 4.36) to the mound to try to cool off an Angels offense that dropped seven run on the Oakland Athletics on Sunday afternoon in Anaheim.

The Angels will counter with a lefty of their own, C.J. Wilson (12-9, 3.69). Wilson, who struggled after the All-Star break, has bounced back of late, winning each of his last four starts.

Kansas City Royals

1. Jason Bourgeois (R) CF

2. Alcides Escobar (R) SS

3. Alex Gordon (L) LF

4. Billy Butler (R) DH

5. Salvador Perez (R) C

6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B

7. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF

8. Eric Hosmer (L) 1B

9. Johnny Giavotella (R) 2B

Los Angeles Angels

1. Mike Trout (R) CF

2. Erick Aybar (S) SS

3. Albert Pujols (R) 1B

4. Torii Hunter (R) RF

5. Howard Kendrick (R) 2B

6. Vernon Wells (R) LF

7. Mark Trumbo (R) DH

8. Alberto Callaspo (S) 3B

9. Chris Iannetta (R) C

First pitch is slated for 7:10 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised on FSKC.

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Lorenzo Cain Injury: Royals OF Strains Hamstring Against Twins

Lorenzo Cain has missed lots of time in 2012 for the Kansas City Royals with a variety of injuries, 78 games in total. That total may be added on to thanks to a hamstring strain that Cain suffered on Thursday night in extra innings against the Minnesota Twins.

Before the game, Cain predicted the future while talking about the injuries that he had suffered earlier in the season, including a beanball that hit him in the head on Tuesday:

"Injuries or stuff just seem to find me this year," he remarked.

The injury to his hamstring isn't expected to be that serious. He will be re-evaluated on Friday in Kansas City to make sure it's nothing bad.

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Bruce Chen Has Enjoyed Success Against Angels In 2012

Bruce Chen will take the mound for the Kansas City Royals on Thursday as they kick off their series against the Los Angeles Angels, and he'll be looking for a boost in form from what he's seen so far in September. The lefthander is 10-12 on the year with a 5.39 ERA, with two losses and seven home runs allowed in his first two games in September.

His best successes of the season, though, have come against the Angels in the two games he has pitched against them:

And in two starts against the Angels, one of which was perfect through six innings, he's allowed three runs over 11 1/3 innings without giving up a home run.

Kansas City will need the best they can get out of Chen, as he is facing a hot C.J. Wilson, who threw one of his best starts of the season his last time out.

Check out Royals Review for more Kansas City baseball news, and be sure to visit Halos Heaven for more on the Angels. Also head over to Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

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Royals Vs. Angels: Kansas City Tries to Solve Red Hot C.J. Wilson

The Royals open a three-game series against Los Angeles Friday.

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