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05/08/10 10:02 PM ET

Rangers and Royals ready for series finale

The Kansas City Royals are concluding their longest road trip of the season -- and not an inning too soon.

The Texas Rangers will be sad to see them go.

But funny thing about the finale of a four-game series between cold team and hot team. The game will pit a hot pitcher against a cold one, but they're on the opposite sides that you would expect.

Luke Hochevar accounted for the Royals' only win in their last seven games. And Texas' Scott Feldman has not won in a month.

So it will be Kansas City's four-game losing streak against Feldman's three-game losing streak.

"I've just been trying to get better," said Feldman, who is 1-3 the year after topping the Texas staff with 17 wins. "I've got to get better than I have been. It just comes down to making better pitches and executing my pitches."

Many pitchers suffer from inconsistency, but Feldman has displayed the rare ability of being good and bad all in the same game.

In his most recent start, on Tuesday in Oakland, the right-hander gave up seven runs in the first three innings -- then retired all 12 men he faced in the last four innings.

At least, that postscript will send him back to the mound in a good, eager frame of mind.

"I know it can only get better from here," Feldman said. "My frame of mind is good. I'm excited to get back out there. I wish I could have been pitching every day. I'm just anxious to get back out there, put together a good start and get on a roll."

The Royals' hope of returning to Kansas City on a high note at the end of an 11-game trip rest on Hochevar showing up with the same stuff that puzzled the White Sox four days ago.

This has been the Luke Hochevar road trip: He started the first game, inadvertently setting a tone by dropping an 11-1 decision to Tampa; then five days later he shined in Chicago for a 7-2 win.

The Rangers are tough customers to reprise that gem against. The heart of the American League West leaders' lineup is firing on all cylinders since Ian Kinsler returned nine games ago to complete the picture.

Kinsler had the game-winning RBI in the eighth inning Saturday, echoing heroics earlier in the series by Josh Hamilton and Vladimir Guerrero.

Royals: Too many walks
Gil Meche was doomed to his fourth loss without a win Saturday by issuing seven walks -- three of which turned into runs. That was a painfully-familiar scenario for the Royals, whose staff leads the Majors with 134 walks. Conversely, Royals batters rank 28th among the 30 big league teams with 85 walks. ... Billy Butler (2-for-3) is batting .385 (15-for-39) on the trip.

Rangers: Multihit Michael Young
Twenty-six of Michael Young's total of 34 hits have been concentrated into the 12 multihit games he has had out of the 31 games he has played. ... Hamilton has seven RBIs in eight May games. ... Guerrero (1-for-3) is hitting .458 at home (27-for-59). ... Since taking the lead league by issuing 23 walks in his first five starts, Rich Harden has walked only two in his last two outings.

Worth noting It may not be quite on par with the MLB Network's "30 in 30" but Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, who worked out in Phoenix with the Dodgers during Spring Training, took his Rangers turn before Saturday's game, taking some cuts in the batting cage and shagging some flies. ... Royals manager Trey Hillman's No. 1 University of Texas-Arlington college uniform was retired Saturday. ...

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