A recap of the Orioles' 7-4 win over the Royals last night:
OFF THE BAT
It wasn't a good beginning for Orioles right-hander Steve Trachsel. After getting leadoff hitter David DeJesus to fly out in the first, Trachsel allowed an 0-2 single to Mark Teahen and then watched as his second pitch to Alex Gordon was crushed into the right-field seats for a 2-0 Kansas City lead. Trachsel settled in and didn't allow a run again. He left with one out in the sixth, eventually picking up his first win since his initial start of the 2008 season on April 4.
Playing in just his second game of the season, newly anointed Orioles shortstop Freddie Bynum kept up his hot hitting. He doubled in his first at-bat, singled in his second and scored both times on Orioles homers (by Melvin Mora and Aubrey Huff). Bynum also had two hits, both singles, in his first game after being recalled from an injury rehab assignment at Double-A Bowie. He was sidelined for the first six weeks after knee surgery in March.
LEADING THE LEAGUE
The Orioles now have an 11-game winning streak against the Royals, which dates back to July 2006. Currently, it is the longest winning streak against one opponent in baseball, according to Elias Sports Bureau. The last time the Orioles won 11 straight against one team was versus the Detroit Tigers in 1996 and 1997.
Orioles left-hander Garrett Olson has been exceptional in his first two starts this season and is hoping to make it three in a row tonight at 7:10. He has never pitched against Kansas City. He'll be facing veteran right-hander Brett Tomko, who is in his 12th major league season. But since most of that was in the National League, Tomko has pitched against the Orioles just twice. He has no decisions, with a 7.11 ERA. His last game against the Orioles was in June 2003, when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals.