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Kansas City1 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 6121
LA Angels1 1 0 0 1 3 0 3 x 9140
  W: C. Bedrosian (2-1)   L: T. Hill (1-2)   S: B. Parker (4)
7:07 PM PT8:07 PM MT9:07 PM CT10:07 PM ET22:07 ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 PM MST9:07 PM EST9:37 PM VEN6:07 UAE (+1)9:07 PM CT, June 4, 2018
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 32,553

Royals, Angels open series in LA

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Kansas City Royals at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Royals lost the final game in a three-game set against Oakland to lose their last series, 2-1. Kansas City has yet to win back-to-back series in 2018, but have won three since May 1 after failing to win a series through the end of April.
  2. The Angels took the final game in their three-game series against the Rangers, avoiding a third consecutive series loss. Los Angeles has gone 4-6 in each of its last two 10-game stretches and are an even 16-16 since May 1.
  3. Jon Jay has reached base in 51 games this year, and in 14 of his last 15. His count of 51 games trails only Jose Altuve (52) and Andrelton Simmons (52) in the AL and is tied with Alex Bregman, Marcus Semien and Mike Trout.
  4. Ian Kinsler hit two home runs in 40 games through May 28, and has hit three in six games since. Over these six games, Kinsler has six extra-base hits to go with six RBI while reaching base 13 times.
  5. Danny Duffy has allowed one earned run in each of his last two starts after allowing 14 earned in his previous two. Duffy has allowed 14 home runs this year, second most for a left-handed starter (trails Cole Hamels -- 15).
  6. His last time out against Detroit, Nick Tropeano walked zero batters in a start for the first time in his career. Tropeano won his second straight following a run of five starts in which he picked up three losses and two no decisions.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/4/2018 thru 6/6/2018

The Kansas City Royals have played better lately, but they're still searching for improvements from their bullpen heading into a three-game series at the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night.

Kansas City (21-38) came into Sunday ranked 28th of 30 major league teams with a 5.46 ERA from its relief corps. The bullpen then gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings in a 5-1 loss to the visiting Oakland A's on Sunday.

"You're waiting for somebody to step up and take a role," Kansas City coach Ned Yost told reporters before the game. "Grab it. Take it. I'll gladly give it to you, but you've got to take it. I'm not going to hand it to you."

Even with the loss on Sunday and a 16-0 blowout loss to the A's on Friday, the Royals are 7-5 since May 22.

They'll look for left-hander Danny Duffy to build off his past two starts.

Duffy (2-6, 5.71 ERA) was 1-6 with a 6.88 ERA after an 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees on May 19. It was the sixth time in seven starts he allowed at least five earned runs.

Duffy, the Opening Day starter for the Royals, has bounced back with consecutive quality starts against the Texas Rangers and the Minnesota Twins.

He allowed just one earned run and four hits in 7 2/3 innings on May 24 in Texas and the offense rewarded him in an 8-2 victory.

Duffy came back Tuesday and gave up one earned run and four hits in six innings to visiting Minnesota. He was long gone by the time the Royals won 2-1 in 14 innings.

Duffy is 2-1 in his career against the Angels with a 3.46 ERA. His last start against Los Angeles was April 17, 2017, when he allowed one run and three hits in seven innings of a 7-1 win in Kansas City.

The Angels (32-28) will turn to right-hander Nick Tropeano, who has also strung together two good starts, both on the road. He also had success in Kansas City on April 12, his first major league appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery in August 2016.

Tropeano (3-3, 3.80) most recently allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings on Tuesday and came away with the victory in the Angels' 9-2 win. Five days earlier, he held the Toronto Blue Jays to one run and four hits in 7 1/3 innings of a 7-1 win by Los Angeles.

He was even better against the Royals while helping the Angels to a franchise-best 13-3 start, blanking them for 6 2/3 innings in a 7-1 win.

Tropeano told reporters after his last game that the team's potential to score a lot of runs is comforting.

"This is one of the most dangerous lineups in the league," he said. "It's going to be scary once everything clicks."

Tropeano made one other appearance against the Royals in April 2016.

Updated June 3, 2018

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