Jeremy Guthrie will look to build off one of his most impressive starts of the season, when the Royals square off against the Angels in the rubber game on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.
Guthrie and the Royals beat the Dodgers on Monday, 5-3, in an immensely economical outing.
The right-hander rushed through the first four innings, using just 28 pitches.
"They were aggressive early, especially those first four innings it felt like they swung first pitch the majority of the time and we made a couple of great plays to make those first-pitch swings become outs," Guthrie said.
Guthrie's pitch efficiency slipped in the later innings as he finished with 95 in 7 2/3 innings. He allowed just two runs in his first win at home since April 9.
"[Guthrie] did everything he needed to do to be successful: changed speeds, great location, and some really, really nice defense behind him," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
The Angels have not faced Guthrie this season.
Fellow veteran C.J. Wilson gets the start for the Halos.
Wilson beat Kansas City on May 23 at Angels Stadium behind 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball.
His teammates picked up the lefty in his most recent outing, when he allowed six runs and nine hits in five innings. But the offense exploded for eight runs in the game and helped secure the win for Wilson.
In 104 2/3 innings this season, Wilson owns a 3.70 ERA and 97 strikeouts.
Royals: Chen returns
Bruce Chen took the mound in the Royals' 6-2 loss on Saturday for the first time since April 24.
The veteran left-hander replaced Yordano Ventura, who worked the first four innings before a three-hour, 58-minute rain delay forced him out of the game.
Chen spun a perfect fifth, but the Angels racked up four runs in the sixth inning. He persevered through the last four innings, allowing no further damage on the scoreboard.
It's been an inauspicious start to the season for Chen, who's now allowed 19 earned runs in his last 18 innings.
Angels: Trout keeps rolling
One day after Mike Trout's majestic blast grabbed the baseball world's attention, the star center fielder was back at it on Saturday against the Royals.
His contributions were quieter than the mammoth home run he hit in Friday's 8-6 loss, but Trout reached base twice in Saturday's 6-2 win.
Since May 20, Trout trails just Jose Altuve and Adrian Beltre in batting average. He's notched a .386 average in 31 games with 22 extra-base hits.
"He's one of those guys that reminds me, as a manager, of [Gary] Sheffield, [Barry] Bonds, Prince Fielder, [Miguel] Cabrera," Yost said. "You always know where they're at -- when are they coming up. He's kind of that intimidating."
• Hector Santiago tossed four shutout innings on Saturday, but fell one frame shy of qualifying for his first win of the season. He remains 0-7.
• Josh Hamilton is 9-for-28 in his career against Guthrie with four home runs and two doubles.
Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.