Los Angeles is coming off a 7-1 road win at Kansas City on Thursday night to improve to 7-1 on the road in the 2018 season. The over has hit in one of those games, as opposed to three that've cashed the under. In the sixth, he smacked a two-run homer to center off Matt Grace to make it 5-1.
Royals starter Jason Hammel will try to slow down the Angels' offense, which has outscored opponents 68-21 in their last seven victories.
Left-hander Andrew Heaney will get the nod for the visiting Angels. Heaney struggled a year ago once he came back the last two months of the season going 1-2 with a 7.07 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. Hammel started 32 games a year ago while finishing the season 8-13 overall with a 5.29 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP.
Boston Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly and New York Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin were handed multi-game suspensions on Thursday for their role in a bench-clearing brawl between the two rivals. He went 4-6 with a 4.94 ERA in 2017 at Kauffman Stadium.
Lucas Duda responded by getting the hit that would lead to the only run for the Royals when he singled in the bottom of the inning, but it was not enough to stop the Angels from claiming their fifth straight win. Across 84 such plate appearances, he slashed.241/.274/.405 (his total season line was.271/.313/.519). The bullpen has an outstanding ERA of just 2.48, along with a WHIP of 1.29.
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Angels hitters have slashed.290/.350/.481 on their way to 6.6 runs scored per game this season, including 7.1 runs per game over the team's last 10 games and 7.8 per game over the team's last five contests (5-0 SU). Mike Trout also is being Mike Trout.
Mike Trout homered for the Angels, and Ian Kinsler went deep on his first swing in his return to the lineup.
Angels INF Zack Cozart, who had started the first 13 games, 12 at second base, was given the night off.
CLEVELAND - Francisco Lindor hit a leadoff homer and drove in three runs, helping Cleveland to its 11th consecutive victory against the Tigers.
The Angels have won eight of their last nine games SU while the Royals have lost four of their last five SU.