Royals Vs. Orioles: K.C. Looks To Bounce Back After Extra Inning Loss

Kansas City, winners of four straight, will host the surprisingly red-hot Baltimore Orioles for a two game series starting Wednesday night.

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Royals Vs. Orioles: Baltimore Takes Game Two From Kansas City

The Baltimore Orioles continue to hold their lead atop the American League East as they defeated the Kansas City Royals on the road today by a final score of 5-3.

Baltimore's Chris Davis led the way for the Orioles with three hits in the ball game, Nick Markakis contributed two hits while J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones both pitched in with two RBI's apiece.

The Orioles Brian Matusz got the win on the hill for Baltimore and Jim Johnson recorded his 14th save of the season.

As for the Royals, they continue to struggle on the season as the loss brings their record to 15-22.

Billy Butler, Alcides Escobar, Irving Falu, Humberto Quintero each had two hits in the ball game and Quintero also had two RBI's, but it would not be enough.

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Royals Vs Orioles: Game 2 Lineups

The Kansas City Royals will look to split a two-game series with the Baltimore Orioles after dropping the first game in extra innings last night.

The starting lineups for the Thursday afternoon game look like this:

Royals

1. Jarrod Dyson (L) CF

2. Johnny Giavotella (R) DH

3. Billy Butler (R) 1B

4. Alex Gordon (L) LF

5. Jeff Francoeur (R) RF

6. Mike Moustakas (L) 3B

7. Alcides Escobar (R) SS

8. Irving Falu (S) 2B

9. Humberto Quintero (R) C

SP: Luke Hochevar

Orioles

1. Xavier Avery (L) LF

2. J.J. Hardy (R) SS

3. Nick Markakis (L) RF

4. Adam Jones (R) CF

5. Wilson Betemit (S) DH

6. Chris Davis (L) 1B

7. Robert Andino (R) 2B

8. Ryan Flaherty (L) 3B

9. Luis Exposito (R) C

SP: Brian Matusz

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Royals Vs. Orioles: Game 2 Preview, TV Info And More

Luke Hochevar will take the hill Thursday afternoon for a Kansas City team hoping to avoid the hangover of a late, extra-inning loss to the Orioles on Wednesday night. Hochevar is coming off his best start of the season against the White Sox last week, a seven-inning, three-hit outing. He'll look to lower his 7.20 ERA.

Second year first baseman Eric Hosmer is still mired in a slump, hitting .174 this season. Against Baltimore on Wednesday, Hosmer was 0-for-7. Last year Hosmer hit .293, the second-best average for an AL rookie.

Date / Time: Thursday, May 17, 1:10 p.m. CT

Location: Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

TV: Fox Sports KC

Radio: KCSP 610

Probable Starters: Luke Hochevar (3-3) vs. Brian Matusz (2-4)

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Royals Vs. Orioles, Game 1 Final Score: Baltimore Wins In 15 Innings, 4-3

The Orioles and Royals took 15 innings to decide the first game of their series, with Baltimore winning in the top of the 15th on an Adam Jones solo home run after the O's scored two in the top of the ninth to take the game to extra innings and win 4-3.

Jonathan Broxton blew the opportunity with a two-run lead, first giving up a solo home run to Wilson Betemit, which cut the lead to 3-2. Chris Davis followed will get on base next with a single single, and pinch runner Ryan Flaherty came around to score from second on a J.J. Hardy single that tied the game at 3-3.

The blown save was Broxton's second of the year (he'd previously recorded seven saves in a row), and erased a strong night by starter Felipe Paulino, who threw seven scoreless innings and struck out nine batters.

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Kansas City Royals Vs. Baltimore Orioles: Wednesday Starting Lineups

The Kansas City Royals welcome the Baltimore Orioles to town for a brief two-game series on Wednesday. Amazingly, Baltimore still remains tied for the best record in the American League, so the Orioles are not to be taken lightly by Kansas City.

Both Buck Showalter and Ned Yost have announced their starting lineups for Wednesday night's contest, and they are as follows:

Baltimore Orioles

Xavier Avery, LF
JJ Hardy, SS
Nick Markakis, RF
Adam Jones, CF
Matt Wieters, C
Nick Johnson, DH
Wilson Betemit, 3B
Chris Davis, 1B
Robert Andino, 2B

Tommy Hunter, SP

Kansas City Royals

Jarrod Dyson, CF
Eric Hosmer, 1B
Billy Butler, DH
Alex Gordon, LF
Jeff Francoeur, RF
Mike Moustakas, 3B
Alcides Escobar, SS
Chris Getz, 2B
Humberto Quintero, C

Felipe Paulino, SP

We'll see if Kansas City can extend their winning streak to five games tonight. At least the Royals, who just swept the Rangers in a two-game series, get to face off against a former Rangers pitcher in Tommy Hunter on Wednesday night.

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Kansas City Royals Promote Will Myers, Jake Odirizzi To Omaha

The major league timetable continues to move forward for two of the Kansas City Royals top prospects, as the club promoted outfielder Will Myers and right-handed pitcher Jake Odirizzi from Double AA Northwest Arkansas to Triple AAA Omaha on Wednesday.

Odirizzi, one of the key pieces in the Zach Greinke deal, is a 22-year old who went 4-2 with a 3.32 ERA in Double AA and is coming off a four-game stretch where he went 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA.

He was placed on the 40-man roster in November to keep him from being a part of the Rule 5 draft, so there's a good chance he's called up to the major leagues by the end of the season.

Myers, whom Kansas City drafted in the 3rd round in 2009 out of high school, is a 21-year old 6'3 205 outfielder whose .343 with 13 HR's and 37 RBI's in the Texas League.

For more coverage of the Royals minor league prospects, stay tuned to SB Nation Kansas City as well as Royals Review.

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Royals Vs. Orioles: Game 1 Preview, TV Info And More

Kansas City, winners of four straight, will host the surprisingly red-hot Baltimore Orioles for a two game series starting Wednesday night.

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