Vladimir Guerrero is having an outstanding month for the Texas
Rangers, and the Kansas City Royals have been his biggest
Guerrero and the Rangers look to remain unbeaten against the
Royals this season as the teams wrap up a two-game set Wednesday
An 8-7 win Tuesday night gave AL West-leading Texas (26-20) a
5-0 record against Kansas City (18-28) this year, largely the
result of averaging 6.8 runs and batting .317 in those
Much of that production has come from Guerrero, who hit two
homers and drove in five Tuesday. The eight-time All-Star is
batting .444 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in the season series
with the Royals.
“It’s unbelievable to watch,” teammate Josh Hamilton said.
“Everybody is kind of in awe.”
Guerrero’s success against Kansas City has highlighted his
outstanding May. Ten of the veteran slugger’s 12 homers have come
in 20 games since May 4. He’s batting .366 with 29 RBIs during that
“I really didn’t have any expectations,” Guerrero said through
an interpreter. “The key is staying healthy. If I’m healthy I can
do some things.”
Hamilton added a solo homer Tuesday, giving him six RBIs against
the Royals this season. Hamilton is batting .393 (11 for 28) over
his last seven contests overall.
However, Hamilton is 0 for 5 with three strikeouts against Luke
Hochevar (4-2, 5.37 ERA), who is scheduled to take the mound
Wednesday for the Royals. Hochevar tossed his third career complete
game Thursday, surrendering three runs and four hits while striking
out seven in a 9-3 win over Cleveland.
The right-hander is still seeking his first win at home, as he’s
0-1 with a 3.92 ERA in three starts at Kauffman Stadium. He is 1-0
with a 5.59 ERA in two career starts against the Rangers.
Texas will give the ball to Scott Feldman (2-4, 5.90), who
continues to fail to live up to his status as the team’s
opening-day starter. He’s posted an 8.64 ERA while losing each of
his three road starts, and is 1-2 with a 7.40 ERA in his last four
The right-hander gave up four runs and a season-high 12 hits in
six innings Thursday night, but managed to get credit for a 13-7
victory over Baltimore.
Feldman is 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three career starts versus the
Kansas City has lost three straight, but could be poised to end
its struggles against Feldman. The Royals have scored seven runs or
more in five of their last six games.
First baseman Billy Butler is batting .421 (16 for 38) with
seven RBIs over his last 10 games, raising his average from .324 to
.344, but he’s 2 for 13 (.154) against Feldman.
Kansas City may have to get by without starting shortstop
Yuniesky Betancourt, who had to leave Tuesday’s game after five
innings due to dizziness following a collision at the plate with
Texas catcher Matt Treanor in the third inning.
Second baseman Mike Aviles moved to shortstop, and Chris Getz
entered the game to join him in the middle infield.