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Teahen looks to set pace vs. Angels

Teahen looks to set pace vs. Angels

KANSAS CITY -- In his short career, Jered Weaver has found success against almost anyone who's challenged him in the Major Leagues -- but not against Mark Teahen.

Teahen is 6-for-15 with two RBIs against the Angels right-hander. The Royals will face Weaver and the Angels on Wednesday night as they try to avoid getting swept in the three-game series.

Teahen last faced Weaver on April 16, and he went 2-for-3 with two singles.

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"I've had some success against him," Teahen said. "He's just a fastball, slider guy, more or less. I view him as a pretty standard righty, and I usually have success against righties. No big secrets."

It's also nothing new that Teahen has turned it on offensively in recent games. During Kansas City's last road trip, he went 7-for-20 and drove in four runs. His batting average rose from .261 to .277 in the five-game-stretch.

Teahen also is getting readjusted to right field, where presumably he'll play most of the games for the rest of the season. Teahen played there last year, but he moved to left field to accommodate Jose Guillen.

The move to right took place just before Teahen's recent hitting surge. He said it's probably just a coincidence.

"It could help a little bit," Teahen said, "feeling a little bit more comfortable. But I think, at the same time, it's more just getting settled into the routine."

The more comfortable Teahen gets, the better off the Royals will be. Kansas City's offense still is struggling to put up runs, and the Royals will need any boost they can get from Teahen.

"I feel like I started out solid enough," Teahen said. "Now is the time to kind of start kicking it in motion, and hopefully our offense as a whole kind of gets rolling a little bit."

Pitching matchup
KC: RHP Zack Greinke (3-1, 1.47 ERA)
Greinke has been sharp in virtually every inning since the season began. His toughest outing came April 19 at Oakland, and he was hurt by an error in that game. His 1.47 ERA is testimony to the way he's pitched. After three straight victories, he had two no-decisions, and his latest start resulted in his first loss. He couldn't have pitched much better, allowing just four hits, including two solo home runs, in a 2-1 loss at Texas. Greinke struck out nine and walked none in the game.

LAA: RHP Jered Weaver (2-4, 4.36 ERA)
Weaver's record against Kansas City in 2007 was 0-2 with a 2.77 ERA. In his career, he's 2-2 with a 1.69 ERA. In his last outing, he went seven strong innings against the Orioles, as Baltimore batters hit two or three balls hard against him. Weaver said it was the best he'd felt all year and that mechanical difficulties, such as hitting the correct arm slot on his pitches and getting the ball out in front on his release, were rounding into form.

Crown points
College students can get $7 Outfield Plaza or View Level Box tickets on Wednesday night as part of Ink College Night. To redeem the discount tickets, students have to show a student ID. ... Fred Majors sat in the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat on Tuesday night. Majors, who's been confined to a wheelchair since being injured in Vietnam, volunteers for Alternative Care Hospice and the WWI Memorial. ... Going into Tuesday's game, Mark Grudzielanek was hitting .313 against right-handers, the ninth-best average in the American League. ... Mike Moustakas, the Royals' first-round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, went 2-for-4, including a home run, for Class A Burlington on Tuesday. His average is up to .221, and he has four home runs in his last seven games.

Tickets
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On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• FSN

On radio
• KCSP 610

Up next
• Thursday: Royals (Luke Hochevar, 2-1, 4.86) vs. Orioles (Daniel Cabrera, 2-1, 4.06), 7:10 p.m. CT
• Friday: Royals (Gil Meche, 2-4, 5.98) vs. Orioles (Steve Trachsel, 1-4, 7.43), 7:10 p.m. CT
• Saturday: Royals (Brett Tomko, 1-3, 4.98) vs. Orioles (Garrett Olson, 1-0, 2.08), 6:10 p.m. CT

Mark Dent is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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