ANAHEIM (CBSLA.com) — The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim will open their 50th season at Angel Stadium Friday night against the American League champion Kansas City Royals.
The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Mike Witt, who pitched for the Angels from 1981-90 and is fourth in team history in victories and strikeouts. Witt pitched a perfect game in 1984 and combined on a no-hitter in 1990 with Mark Langston, now the team’s radioanalyst.
Hector Santiago will pitch for the Angels against Jason Vargas in a matchup of left-handers. Santiago is 1-0 in 10 regular season games against Kansas City, with a 0.90 ERA.
The Angels had Major League Baseball’s best record in 2014 but were swept out of the best-of-five division series by the Royals.
This season, the Angels “have a really good team, not a perfect team,” manager Mike Scioscia said last week before the team began its season by winning two of three games in Seattle.
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