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Final Score in Kansas City: Angels 7, Royals 1

Ervin Santana pitched 7 innings of 1-Run ball, striking out 6, Mike Napoli hit a 2-run homer, Juan Rivera got the scoring started with a solo shot and Maicer Izturis tapped the foul pole for a roundtripper later in the game. After Rivera's blast, Howie Kendrick hit a run-scoring double and later added an RBI single. It added up to a Memorial Day to remember for the Angels as they climbed to within one game of .500 just a day shy of the official 1/3 mark of the season.

Scott Boras darling Luke Hochevar was mediocre on the mound for the '85ers and Angel pariah Jose Guillen struck out 3 times, delightful icing on the victory cake.

Six Postgame Questions:

  1. Is "Musical Chairs" the answer to the Angels' 1B dilemma?
  2. Was Kevin Jepsen's 11-pitch striking out the side the most awesome display of pitching this season so far or is the caveat that these are, after all, the Royals?
  3. Are Mike Napoli and Howie Kendrick destined to stay that far down in the batting order?
  4. Is the Juan Rivera winter of discontent about to thaw or was Hochevar's meatball fatter than a snowman's midsection?
  5. A month ago, the question was whether Torii Hunter had lost a step in the outfield... Has he lost two steps?
  6. Would Scot Shields pitch a 1-2-3 inning if he were released and joined Eric Byrnes' softball team?

To make it even nicer, three RBIs came with two outs, including both Kendrick klutchers. The Angels had 4 doubles in the game and 2 stolen bases. Neither team hit a triple in the contest.

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