American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Sunday, August 12th
(All times eastern)
Kansas City Royals (49-64) at Baltimore Orioles (61-53), 1:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Bruce Chen (8-9, 5.51)
Baltimore - Tommy Hunter (4-7, 5.55)
(Sports Network) - After a lengthy rain delay, an offensive outburst from the
Kansas City Royals allowed them to even their series against the Baltimore
Orioles as they came out on top, 7-3.
The Royals smashed four home runs on the evening, with Alex Gordon belting
two, his eighth and ninth of the year. Billy Butler added his team-leading
24th long ball and Salvador Perez connected on his eighth round tripper.
Luis Mendoza (6-8) headed into the seventh inning with a shutout still intact,
but fell apart in the frame and left without recording an out. Still, he did
enough to earn the win, allowing seven hits, two walks, and three earned runs
in six innings of work.
Kelvin Herrera and Tim Collins combined for three scoreless innings out of the
bullpen to shut the game down.
For the Orioles, Chris Tillman (5-2) was touched for his worst start of the
season, allowing six hits and six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. Despite the
hiccup, Tillman still sits with a respectable 3.40 ERA.
Manny Machado roped an RBI double in the seventh inning to continue his torrid
start to the season. He's now 5-for-12 with a double, triple, and two homers
in his first three major league games.
The Royals will send Bruce Chen to the mound in the rubber match on Sunday
afternoon. Despite being a mainstay in Kansas City's rotation this year (24
starts), Chen has been largely disappointing with a 8-9 record and a 5.51 ERA.
After allowing four earned runs or more in five of his previous seven starts,
Chen settled in with one of his better starts of the season on Aug. 7,
allowing seven hits and two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings in a 5-2 win over
the White Sox.
The former Oriole has not had much success against his old team in his career,
going 2-2 with a 5.26 ERA in five starts, allowing 34 hits and 13 walks over
just 25 2/3 innings.
The Orioles will answer with Tommy Hunter, who sports a 4-7 record with a 5.55
Hunter was the hard-luck loser his last time out, allowing just two earned
runs over 5 2/3 innings in a 2-0 loss to the Rays on Aug. 3.
The 26-year-old right-hander has shown some success over the Royals in his
young career, going 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA over 13 2/3 innings.
Baltimore has split its eight meetings with the Royals this season.
08/12 10:36:04 ET