Scouting report: Royals vs. Orioles

June 21, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day ...... Time ... TV ..... Starters

Tonight .. 7:35 .. 13, 50 .. Chris Haney (4-5, 4.23)

............... ............ vs. Rocky Coppinger (2-0, 6.55)

Tomorrow .. 1:05 .. 45, 5 .. Tim Belcher (6-2, 4.53)

............... ............ vs. Scott Erickson (3-5, 5.47)

Sunday .... 1:35 .. HTS .... Kevin Appier (5-7, 3.88)

............... ............ vs. Rick Krivda (2-2, 3.52)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Royals update

The Kansas City Royals aren't a scary ball club, but they certainly gave the Orioles a worry or two during their series in K.C. last week. The Orioles took two of three in the series, but it was struggle. The light-hitting Royals have lost seven of their past 10 games and eighteen of their past 22. The weak bats -- the team is last in the league in home runs and RBIs and next to last in runs scored -- preclude many late-game comebacks. But the offense has picked up lately. The Royals are hitting .305 over their last 16 games, with 38 doubles, seven triples and 14 home runs. They've averaged 5.7 runs a game in that stretch as well. Career minor-leaguer Keith Lockhart leads the Royals with a .316 batting average. Staff ace Kevin Appier has returned from the disabled list and will pitch on Sunday, though he's expected to become trade bait for the rebuilding team. Mark Gubicza, who is not scheduled to pitch against the Orioles, also is on the block and the Orioles discussed acquiring him, but his $1.6 million salary turned them off.

Pub Date: 6/21/96

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