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Orioles' struggles in final year with top stars mirror those of last year's Royals

Orioles' struggles in final year with top stars mirror those of last year's Royals

This week at Camden Yards, the Orioles will look across the diamond and hope that the Kansas City Royals are the team they'll be able to get their season on track against. The Royals will look the other way and see a spot-on replica of themselves from this time last season.

A year before the Orioles entered the season with a successful core almost all hitting free agency at the same time, the Royals did the same. For them, it was Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain and Alcides Escobar. For the Orioles, it's Manny Machado, Adam Jones, Brad Brach and Zach Britton.

For the Royals, it was a seven-game losing streak at the end of April dropping them to 13-21 through 34 games....

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