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Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri  Attendance: 18,208

Duffy to return from IL as Royals host Orioles

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Baltimore Orioles at Kansas City Royals

  1. The Orioles notched a rare series win when they took two of three from the Royals at home from August 19-21. Baltimore has lost seven in a row in Kansas City and is 2-15 there in the past 17 meetings, including two losses in the 2014 ALCS.
  2. The Royals lost their fifth consecutive series following a 9-8 defeat to the Athletics on Thursday. Kansas City is 0-9-1 in its last 10 series since sweeping a two-game set in Atlanta from July 23-24 and has an MLB-worst .250 (8-24) winning percentage since July 25.
  3. Baltimore settled for a split of its two-game set at Washington with an 8-4 loss on Wednesday. The Orioles have posted a 3.17 ERA and allowed six home runs during a current 5-3 stretch after they had an 8.58 ERA with 16 longballs surrendered during an eight-game slide.
  4. With the Royals starting Erik Skoglund on Friday, Hanser Alberto could set the Orioles' record (since 1954) for hits off left-handers in a season. Alberto has an MLB-leading 72 hits off southpaws, one behind Rafael Palmeiro's record of 73 set in 1998. Alberto leads the majors with a .407 average against lefties (min. 100 PA).
  5. Jorge Soler hit his 37th home run Thursday, leaving him one shy of Mike Moustakas' franchise record set in 2017. Soler is second in the AL in homers this season and tied for second this month with nine. After hitting nine in 2018, Soler has the largest increase in homers in the majors this season at plus-27.
  6. Jonathan Villar is two doubles shy of becoming just the fourth player in Orioles' history (since 1954) with 20 home runs, 20 stolen bases and 30 doubles in a season. Manny Machado (2015), Brady Anderson (1996) and Paul Blair (1969) are the others.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/30/2019 thru 9/1/2019

The hardest thing for a highly competitive athlete -- and if you're a major league baseball player you are a highly competitive athlete -- is to watch your teammates perform when you're not able to join in.

Kansas City Royals lefty Danny Duffy will return from baseball purgatory, also known as the 10-day injured list, in time to start Sunday's home game against the Baltimore Orioles. Duffy has been on the IL since Aug. 6 (retroactive to Aug. 4) with a left hamstring strain.

He's anxious to join his mates in trying to finish the season strong.

"I'm looking forward to it," he told reporters prior to Friday's game. "I feel good. I feel ready to go. It's been almost a month. I'm tired of sitting around. I'm excited about getting in there and trying to do my part in helping us win baseball games."

Duffy originally was expected to miss only one or two starts at the most. But the pain lingered, especially when he ran. With the Royals nowhere near contention in 2019, caution was the rule to live by. But after airing it out in his last start Aug. 25 with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, he's convinced he's ready.

"I needed to make sure I was healthy," he said. "That was a test, and I passed. I'm looking forward to sharpening a little bit more and getting that pitch count a little bit higher."

Duffy (5-6, 4.93 ERA) will be coming off his second stint on the IL this season, after starting the year sidelined with left shoulder impingement syndrome. His last start came on Aug. 3 in Minnesota, where he took the loss after yielding a season-high nine runs (eight earned) in 4 2/3 innings, including four homers.

"I want to obviously preface it, I was just brutal in my last start," Duffy said at the time of the injury. "This had nothing to do with my last start. I was really looking forward to getting back out there. I know what I've got to do to get outs. I was looking forward to showing that."

Duffy won his last start against the Orioles, 15-7, on May 8, 2018 in Baltimore. He's 3-2 with a 2.17 ERA lifetime vs. Baltimore, his lowest ERA vs. any opponent (minimum three starts) in his career.

Sunday's match will determine the series winner, as Kansas City scored two unearned runs in the eighth to take a 7-5 victory Saturday.

The Orioles will send right-hander Aaron Brooks (4-7, 5.79) to the hill. Brooks defeated the Royals Aug. 21 in his only appearance against the Royals in his career. He allowed one earned run on seven hits in five innings in the Orioles' 8-1 victory. He walked one and struck out four.

He's won two straight starts after losing four straight. He was claimed on waivers from Oakland July 13 and immediately joined the rotation. He threw six scoreless innings in his last start in Washington, matching his season high.

"It was about changing speeds and eye levels," Brooks said after his outing in Washington. "Timing is everything. I just try to disrupt the timing and fill the zone as much as I can."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 1, 2019

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