Jarrod Dyson

Royals, Orioles going in opposite directions as clock ticks down for successful cores

Royals, Orioles going in opposite directions as clock ticks down for successful cores

The Orioles can see a lot of themselves in the Kansas City Royals — teams that both endured several years of losing before recently devising a formula to win by keeping their cores intact.

While the Orioles are trying to build on that, going into Saturday's game in Kansas City with the second-best record in the American League, the Royals — who came into the weekend with the worst record in the AL — offer a reminder of how fleeting success can be.

Make no mistake, the Royals already reached the mountaintop, winning the 2015 World Series and sweeping the Orioles in the 2014 American League Championship Series to advance to their first World Series since 1985. But it's not...

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