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TOR@KC: Yost on Aviles, Moustakas and Royals' 3-2 win

All Eric Hosmer has done since joining the Royals is become one of Kansas City's best hitters.

So, the Royals figured, if Hosmer can take to the Major Leagues so quickly, why can't Mike Moustakas?

The Royals organization and fans will likely get to see if Moustakas can make as big of an initial splash as Hosmer on Friday, when the left-handed-swinging third baseman, who starred at Chatsworth High School in the Los Angeles area, is expected to make his Major League debut at Angel Stadium. Kansas City called up the third-base prospect from Triple-A Omaha following Thursday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays.

Moustakas -- the No. 5 overall prospect in baseball, according to's rankings -- has lived up to his billing throughout his time in the Minors and continued to do so this season. In 55 games for Triple-A Omaha, Moustakas was hitting .287 with 10 home runs and 15 doubles.

Prior to the season, Royals manager Ned Yost said he didn't want to bring up the former second-overall pick in the 2007 Draft if he wasn't going to produce. Clearly, the club now believes Moustakas can help.

"We don't want to throw a guy up here that's going to struggle," Yost said earlier. "We want him to be able to come up and be able to handle the situation. We'll just see where he's at."

The Royals will be facing an Angels squad that is coming off a much-needed off-day. Including Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Rays, the Angels have scored a total of 16 runs in their past eight games, going 1-7 during that stretch. They've lost five games in a row and have lost seven of eight games.

What's more, the Angels managed only two runs during a stretch of 30 innings before rallying for three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Rays in the series finale.

Again, it wasn't enough.

They are hoping for a better result Friday, when they send Ervin Santana (3-5, 4.30 ERA) to the mound against the Royals and Jeff Francis (2-6, 4.52). There are reasons for the Angels to be optimistic. The club has hit 13 home runs in seven games against the Royals this season. They are also 18-9 against the Royals since 2003.

As for Santana, he worked seven strong innings against the Yankees on Saturday, allowing three runs on seven hits and three walks, but didn't earn the victory. He's pitched at least six innings in his past six starts and eight of his last nine.

"Ervin Santana pitched well," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said after the Yankees game. "He didn't make too many mistakes. Those guys -- [Robinson] Cano got a 3-2 breaking ball and Alex Rodriguez got a fastball that got maybe a little too much of the heart of the plate, and they hit them out. On our side, he certainly gave us a chance to win."

Royals: Hosmer starts new streak

 • After seeing his nine-game hitting streak end with an 0-for-3 performance Wednesday, Hosmer rebounded with a 2-for-4 day Thursday. Hosmer finished the Royals' 11-game homestand with a .391 average (18-for-46), with three doubles, a home run, 10 RBIs and nine runs scored.

• The Royals come to Anaheim fresh off an 11-game homestand and their 41st home game, which means 59 of the club's remaining 99 games are on the road. The Royals are only 6-16 in away games.

Angels: New look toward the top

• In an effort to boost the slumping offense, the Angels overhauled their lineup for their series finale against Tampa Bay on Wednesday. Torii Hunter moved from the cleanup spot to the two-hole and Alberto Callaspo was the club's No. 3 hitter, while Bobby Abreu took Hunter's place and Howard Kendrick followed him in the fifth spot.

The club's third and fourth hitters have combined to hit only five home runs this season.

"Right now we have to really accentuate the baserunning aspect and the situational hitting because we don't have the batter's box offense that we anticipated, and that template did include Kendrys Morales in the winter," Scioscia said.

• Hunter went 2-for-5 in Wednesday's game but grounded into his Major League-leading 17th double play of the season with the bases loaded in the fifth inning.

Worth noting
• To make room for Moustakas, the Royals optioned infielder Mike Aviles to Omaha. The move also will shift Wilson Betemit -- who has spent the majority of time at third -- into a backup role. A corresponding move to make room for Moustakas on the Royals' 40-man roster will be made Friday.

• Three of Kansas City's Billy Butler's six career hits against Santana have been home runs.

• Francis is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts against the Angels, and Abreu is hitless in 12 at-bats with eight strikeouts against the left-hander.

• The Angels selected Matt Scioscia, the manager's son, with their 45th-round pick (1,365th overall) in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday. Scioscia is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound right-handed catcher out of Notre Dame. Comments