Rangers get look at new Royals

Rangers get look at new Royals

The Rangers will get their first look at the new Buddy Bell-led Kansas City Royals, who have been surprisingly tough on the New York Yankees since Bell took the helm.

Texas is coming off a disappointing series in Detroit in which they had the chance to win the third game and take the three-game set, but the normally reliable Francisco Cordero couldn't collect the save.

The Rangers also missed their opportunity to take sole possession of the American League West, since the Los Angeles Angels were idle on Thursday.

Right-hander Pedro Astacio gets the Friday night start for the Rangers. Astacio is 2-5 with a 5.57 ERA, but beat Kansas City in his one start against the Royals this season.

Pitching matchup:
TEX: RHP Pedro Astacio
• 2-5, 5.57 ERA in 2005
• 1-0, 2.57 ERA vs. KC in 2005

KC: RHP Runelvys Hernandez
• 2-7, 5.67 ERA in 2005
• 0-1, 4.50 ERA vs. TEX in 2005

Players to watch
Shortstop Michael Young has a career-high 12 game hitting-streak for the third time in his career. Young also had his fourth straight multi-hit game. ... Third baseman Hank Blalock should return to the lineup after a rare day out of the starting lineup -- though he pinch hit and played third base late in the game Thursday -- just the second game he has not started all season. ... Mark Teixeira has driven in 15 RBIs in his last 14 games. ... With his 10th-inning double on Thursday, Alfonso Soriano extended his hitting streak to eight games.

"He's a great closer. It rarely happens. I'd give him the ball every time." -- Rangers starter Chris Young, on Cordero, who didn't get his third save in 19 opportunities on Thursday

On the Internet
Gameday Audio
• Gameday
• Official game notes

On television
• TEX: KDFI-27

On radio:
• TEX: KRLD 1080 AM
• KC: WHB 810 AM

Quick hits
The Rangers finished their season series with the Tigers on Thursday, the earliest they have completed a season series with an American League opponent in a year with no labor disputes. ... Texas is 13-10 on the road. ... LHP Kenny Rogers was named the American League Pitcher of the Month for May. Rogers won six starts in May, the third time in club history a pitcher had six wins in a month. His ERA in May was 0.98, best in the majors. ... The last Rangers pitcher to be AL Pitcher of the Month was Rick Helling in September 1998.

On deck
• Saturday: Rangers at Royals, 7:10 p.m. CT
• Sunday: Rangers at Royals, 1:10 p.m. CT

Dana Wakiji is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.