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4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)6:05 PM CT, August 20, 2019
Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland  Attendance: 11,826

Royals look for another solid effort vs. Orioles

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Kansas City Royals at Baltimore Orioles

  1. Kansas City and Baltimore meet for their first series of the season. Last year, the home team was 5-1 when these teams met, outscoring the visitor by an average of 2.5 runs per game. In their May 8 meeting, the Royals scored a 2018 season-high 15 runs.
  2. The Orioles have lost 12 of their last 13 games, being outscored 124-53. Their 120 earned runs allowed are the most for any team in a 13-game span this season and their -71 run differential is the worst mark in the AL since they had a -72 differential in 2007 (Aug. 22-Sept. 3).
  3. The Royals dropped two of three against the Mets over the weekend, allowing 35 hits. Their 25 singles surrendered to New York are the most they've given up in any three-game series this season.
  4. Trey Mancini enters the series with 29 home runs. The next time he goes deep, he will become the first Orioles outfielder to have a 30-home run season since Nelson Cruz in 2014.
  5. Rookie Bubba Starling batted .326 and scored nine runs in his first 11 games after getting called up on July 12. Since then he is hitting .136 and has scored five runs in his last 16 games.
  6. John Means, scheduled to start Monday for Baltimore, started the season 7-4 with a 2.50 ERA but is 1-4 with an 8.34 ERA in his last five starts. He has failed to make it out of the fourth inning in each of his last three starts.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/19/2019 thru 8/21/2019

The Kansas City Royals were able to put everything together in the first game of their three-game series against the host Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. Now, the Royals want to see if they can do it again when the two teams meet again Tuesday.

In the series opener, the Royals did not get a hit until the sixth inning but scored three times in that frame and twice more in the seventh en route to a 5-4 victory. Nicky Lopez broke up Baltimore starter John Means' no-hit bid in the sixth and then homered off Gabriel Ynoa on the first pitch of the seventh.

Nick Dini then homered on the next pitch, and that gave the Royals a 5-2 lead. That was his first major league homer -- in just his fourth major league game -- and proved crucial as Kansas City held on.

"As soon as we got that first hit, it kind of opened up the floodgates a little bit," Kansas City manager Ned Yost said.

The Royals also got a strong five innings from Jorge Lopez. He gave up just one run on two hits, and Kansas City hopes starter Brad Keller (7-13, 4.10) can do more of the same in Tuesday's game.

Keller has lost four in a row but the team has scored just five runs in those games.

On the injury front, shortstop Adalberto Mondesi is going to start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Omaha on Tuesday. Mondesi (shoulder subluxation) has missed the past 30 games, and Yost said Monday they've got no official timetable for his return, but it's likely going to be in September.

Also, pitcher Danny Duffy is scheduled to throw a simulated four-inning game Tuesday. He's been out since Aug. 6 (retroactive to Aug. 4) with a left hamstring strain, and the team is hoping he could be back this weekend if all goes well.

The pitching matchup for the middle game of this three-game series will feature right-hander Keller against Baltimore right-hander Dylan Bundy (5-13, 5.25).

Keller has a 1-0 career record and a 2.25 ERA versus the Orioles in one career start.

Bundy has lost two in a row but pitched better lately. Against the Royals, he's 1-1 with a 5.66 ERA in five career games, four of which were starts.

The biggest problem the Orioles have had most of the season is not getting good enough -- and long enough -- efforts from their starters. Means pitched well in those first five innings of no-hit ball but struggled in the sixth.

"My pitches were doing what they were supposed to," he said. "I was locating when I was supposed to. Then in the sixth, I started to trend back into what I was doing wrong."

The Orioles are hoping Bundy can find the consistency that has eluded him this season. He's not been the dominant pitcher the Orioles liked before the 2018 season, when everything went south for the right-hander.

Baltimore needs help from the starters to relieve pressure from the bullpen. That hasn't happened yet this season.

Also, the offense did better after slumping in recent games. Rookie DJ Stewart drove in his first two runs of the season while Rio Ruiz and Jonathan Villar both got solo homers.

The Orioles need more consistency on offense as that would relieve pressure on the pitchers. That's what they're hoping for in the final five weeks.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 20, 2019

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