American League Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, July 25th
(All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (57-45) at Kansas City Royals (47-51), 8:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Miguel Gonzalez (8-3, 3.34)
Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (9-7, 4.41)
(Sports Network) - Right-hander Jeremy Guthrie can get to double-digit wins
for the season and clinch a series victory when the Kansas City Royals host
the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of a four-game series at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals pulled ahead in the series on Wednesday when Eric Hosmer delivered
the game-tying two-run homer in the eighth, then Alcides Escobar won it with
an RBI double in the ninth in a 4-3 triumph.
Down 3-1 against Wei-Yin Chen, Lorenzo Cain singled with one out and Hosmer
tied the score with his blast to right center. Against Darren O'Day (5-1) in
their last turn, David Lough singled with one out and came home with the
winning run when Escobar roped a hit to center.
Luke Hochevar (3-1) tossed a scoreless top of the ninth. Ervin Santana worked
the first eight frames, allowing seven hits and three runs -- one earned.
Hosmer added an early solo homer, with Billy Butler and Escobar chipping in a
pair of hits each for the Royals.
"They're an extremely tough team. We played very well last night and very well
tonight. It is good to beat them," Royals manager Ned Yost said.
Matt Wieters slugged a two-run shot and Adam Jones knocked in the other run
for the Orioles, while Chen gave up three runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings.
Guthrie, a veteran of 203 big-league starts, won 10, 10 and 11 games in 2008,
2009 and 2010 while a member of the Orioles.
He was 9-17 with Baltimore in 2011, then went a combined 8-12 in 2012 while
splitting the season between the Colorado Rockies and Kansas City.
The 34-year-old got to nine wins this season in his most recent start, when he
defeated Detroit, 6-5, with six innings of five-run ball with six strikeouts.
He made his lone career appearance against Baltimore on May 9 at Camden Yards
and emerged with a 6-2 after allowing one earned run on six hits in seven
He's opposed by Mexican-born righty Miguel Gonzalez, who's won six of seven
decisions across his last eight starts.
The 29-year-old, in his second major-league season, was 2-2 on the year
through nine starts before beginning the recent streak with a 3-1 defeat of
the Houston Astros on June 6.
He was 4-1 in five June starts and has gone 2-0 in three starts in July,
including a 7-4 defeat of Texas on July 20, in which he allowed a single run
on right hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Gonzalez won his lone career start against the Royals after allowing a run on
six hits in eight innings.
The Orioles won two of three from the Royals when the teams met in May at
Camden Yards. Baltimore also won the season series in 2012, 5-4.
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