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.