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Alcides Escobar

Four home runs power Orioles past Royals, 8-2

Four home runs power Orioles past Royals, 8-2

Orioles manager Buck Showalter likened the feel of Sunday night’s nationally-televised game to that of playing in the postseason.

Sure, there were plenty of empty seats at Camden Yards, but the chill in the air was definitely reminiscent of mid-October. And the Orioles were playing a Kansas City Royals team with the best record in the American League, the same foe that ended the Orioles’ season last October in the American League Championship Series.

With 20 games left in the season, calling the Orioles a postseason contender might be too kind. Still muddling below .500 and six games back of the second AL wild-card spot, they are indeed a long shot, but on Sunday...