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  W: T. Skaggs (2-2)   L: D. Duffy (0-1)
5:15 PM PT6:15 PM MT7:15 PM CT8:15 PM ET20:15 ET0:15 GMT8:15 5:15 PM MST7:15 PM EST7:45 PM VEN4:15 UAE (+1)7:15 PM CT, April 26, 2019
Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 23,186

Angels, Royals welcoming pitchers back to rotation

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Los Angeles Angels at Kansas City Royals

  1. The Angels won six of seven meetings with the Royals last season, holding them to 2.71 runs per game. It was a reversal of the 2017 season, when Kansas City had the same 6-1 record against the Angels.
  2. Los Angeles won for just the second time in its last 11 games on Thursday versus the Yankees, 11-5, tying a season high in runs scored. The Angels moved to 8-7 in home games this year but are an MLB-worst 2-9 (.182) on the road.
  3. The Royals are the third team in MLB history to be 8-17 or worse and also have 33 or more home runs through 25 games in a season, joining the 1953 Reds and last year's White Sox.
  4. Kansas City leads the majors with 11 triples, and Adalberto Mondesi leads all players with four. The last Royal to lead the majors in the category was Jose Offerman with 13 in 1998.
  5. Tommy La Stella has a team-high seven home runs this year, after homering just 10 times in over 800 career at-bats entering 2019. The only other left-handed batters to hit seven or more homers before the end of April with the Angels are Fred Lynn (seven in 1983) and Jim Edmonds (eight in 1996).
  6. Tyler Skaggs will make his first start tonight since going on the 10-day IL April 15 with a left ankle sprain. In three career starts against the Royals, he is 1-1 with a 0.43 ERA, allowing just one run in 21.0 innings.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/26/2019 thru 4/28/2019

After a needed day off, the Kansas City Royals return home for the start of a three-game series on Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. In the process, they'll welcome back an old friend.

Left-hander Danny Duffy will make his first start of the season after beginning the season on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder impingement syndrome. He had one appearance at Double-A Northwest Arkansas (5 1/3 innings, four hits, one unearned run and seven strikeouts). It was enough, according to Duffy.

"The line was fine," Duffy told "I was effectively wild. My stuff got me through. That's the story of my career. I would really have liked to have hung in there a little longer.

"I'm doing some different stuff with my delivery, and I don't want to allude to them right now but it's starting to feel more comfortable. I was hitting 95. I never thought I'd see that again. (The) ball is coming out really freely. I'm excited to throw and be back in the big leagues. It feels like it has been a long time since I've been up here with the boys."

The Royals are tied for the worst record in baseball with Miami at 8-17, and they are coming off a road trip that saw them go 3-7 against the White Sox, Yankees and Rays.

The Royals hadn't had a day off since April 5 in Detroit. They hadn't had a day off at home since March 29, the day after the season opener.

The Royals ended a five-game losing streak with a 10-2 victory in Tampa Bay on Wednesday, the first time all season that they scored at least 10 runs. They got home runs from Whit Merrifield and Adalberto Mondesi. Every hitter in the starting lineup had a hit or scored a run, or both.

"To go home with a nice win under our belts, with an off-day tomorrow, after playing 19 straight, it's a good win," Royals manager Ned Yost said after the game. "I was pleased we continued to tack on. Small ball worked good for us. We had guys running all over the place. Mondi just crushed his homer. It was a good day for us offensively."

The Angels have their own struggles. They are last in the American League West at 10-16, the second-worst record in the American League (tied with Baltimore, 1 1/2 games better than the Royals) even with an 11-5 win over the Yankees on Thursday.

The Angels are in the bottom half of both team batting and team pitching.

Los Angeles will also be getting a starting pitcher back from the injured list.

Left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who has been out since April 12 with a sprained left ankle, will return to the rotation Friday. Skaggs threw two bullpen sessions of more than 40 pitches after sustaining the injury and was cleared to return. Skaggs is 1-2 with a 4.20 ERA in three starts.

In three career starts against the Royals, all in Kansas City, Skaggs is 1-1 with an ERA of 0.43 (one earned run in 21 innings). He has allowed 14 hits and five walks while striking out 22.

Second baseman Luis Rengifo, the Angels' No. 7 prospect (MLB Pipeline), was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake on Thursday to make his MLB debut. He played second, with Tommy La Stella moving to third to replace third baseman Zack Cozart, who was placed on the 10-day injured list with a neck strain he sustained on Monday.

Rengifo got his first hit in the bottom of the fifth inning. He later scored on a home run by Kole Calhoun.

"I started playing baseball when I was 3 years old, and I can tell you I've dedicated just about all my life to this game," Rengifo told through an interpreter. "I feel like, for me, baseball is a passion. It's a love. My dad was always such a big fan of the game. This was always the dream. From the moment I signed when I was 16 years old, my goal was to get to the big leagues. Thank God, today that opportunity arrived."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 26, 2019

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