At Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.
Day Time TV Starters
Tonight 8: 05 HTS Sidney Ponson (0-0, 9.00) vs. Chad Durbin (1-0, 1.50)
Tomorrow 8: 05 HTS Pat Rapp (1-0, 3.00) vs. Mac Suzuki (0-0, 9.00)
Thursday 2: 05 54, 50 Mike Mussina (0-1, 2.87) vs. Jeff Suppan (1-0, 4.91)
Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)
Kansas City won yesterday, putting it into position to take over sole possession of first in the AL Central if the Cleveland Indians lost late last night in Oakland. Third baseman Joe Randa is off to a fast start, batting .433 with two homers. So are right fielder Jermaine Dye (.419, 3) and first baseman/DH Mike Sweeney (.375, 4) The bullpen includes former Oriole Chris Fussell, who hasn't allowed an earned run. Mussina is 10-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 20 starts against Kansas City, including 6-0 with a 2.20 ERA at Kauffman Stadium. The Orioles were 6-4 against the Royals last season, 2-2 on the road. They'll miss Jose Rosado, who pitched yesterday. That's a break. They also won't see UMBC's Jay Witasick, 0-2 with a 9.31 ERA. That's a shame.