For Jeremy Guthrie, an opportunity for redemption came quickly.
Guthrie's streak of 18 straight starts without a loss ended last week against the Angels, his opponent on Saturday, as the right-hander looks to rebound from consecutive rough outings. The Royals will also look to snap a three-game skid, while the Halos go for their seventh straight win.
Guthrie gave up 11 hits and five earned runs in seven innings against the Angels on May 14 and he followed that up by allowing eight hits and six earned runs against Houston on Monday.
"It was one of those nights when I just didn't have a good feel and wasn't able to execute pitches, and got frustrated out there," Guthrie said after the streak-ending loss.
Guthrie is 5-2 on the season with a 3.49 ERA in 59 1/3 innings.
Opposing Guthrie is Billy Buckner, who was recalled this week and is starting his first game for the Angels.
Buckner will be the 21st pitcher the Angels have used this season. The club record is 29.
Buckner, a right-hander, hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2010, when he played for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He did not make the Angels' 40-man roster to start the season.
Buckner logged a 4-2 record with a 4.56 ERA in eight starts with Triple-A Salt Lake.
"I thought I was pitching well," Buckner said last week. "Got a lot of ground balls, a lot of strikeouts, pitching to contact, trying to stay aggressive. When things are going well, I'm being aggressive."
Buckner was drafted by the Royals and won his first big league game for Kansas City in 2007. He is 6-11 with a 6.25 ERA in 138 1/3 career innings.
The Angels have won back-to-back games against the Royals in the series, and have won 10 of the last 15.
The Royals have lost 14 of their last 18 games, but nine of their last 13 losses have been decided by one run.
"There's no substitute for winning, you've got to win," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "And, it's no consolation for anybody to say we are competing, but we are competing. We are in every single game."
Angels: Trout excelling against Royals
One day after launching a first-inning bomb to center field against the Royals, Mike Trout had another solid outing at Kauffman Stadium.
Trout was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and walked once in the Angels 5-2 victory on Friday. Trout is batting .306 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs.
Trout's homer was announced at 433 feet in the press box and ESPN listed the drive at 463 feet.
"It had to be between 480 and 500 feet," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "With the naked eye looking at it, it's got to be 500 feet."
Trout stole second in the eighth inning on Friday with the Angels up a run, marking the fourth time this season that he has homered and stolen a base in a game -- tops in the American League entering Friday's action.
Royals: Getz settling into leadoff role
Chris Getz was 1-for-4 with an RBI on Friday as he warms to his new role as the Royals' leadoff man. In the 5-2 loss to the Angels, Getz made his third start batting first this season.
"I love being up there," Getz said. "It gives me an opportunity and I feel good at the plate right now. I'm there to embrace the role if [Yost] is going to put me out there."
•The Royals honored late broadcaster Fred White on Thursday with a video tribute that can be viewed on Royals.com. White died last week at age 76 from complications of melanoma.
•Angels right-hander Jered Weaver has taken another step in his rehabilitation work as he gets closer to rejoining the Angels' rotation. Weaver threw a light bullpen session on Friday and will throw another one this weekend before a decision is made on his status.
Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.