Scouting report: Royals vs. Orioles


At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

' Day, Time, TV, Starters

Today, 3:05, 13, 50, Kevin Appier (14-11, 3.62)

Jimmy Key (12-11, 4.68)

Thursday, 7:35, 13, 50, Jose Rosado (8-6, 3.21)

Scott Kamieniecki (1-2, 11.12)

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

Royals update

Kansas City, which finished last in the AL Central, added much-needed pop to its lineup during the winter by acquiring 1B Jeff King and SS Jay Bell from the Pirates, and DH Chili Davis from the Angels. King's arrival pushes Jose Offerman to second base, where his poor fielding becomes more of a liability. Davis will begin the year on the disabled list with a strained leg muscle. The outfield also has a new face in Jermaine Dye, acquired from the Braves last week for Michael Tucker. He'll start in right field. With the added offensive support, ace Kevin Appier could win 20 games. Manager Bob Boone is keeping his fingers crossed that closer Jeff Montgomery, the club's all-time saves leader with 242, has recovered from shoulder surgery. The Royals are fortunate to miss Mike Mussina, who has been scratched with a sore right elbow, in this series. The right-hander is 9-1 with a 2.50 ERA lifetime against Kansas City. The Orioles will also be without Roberto Alomar, who begins a five-day suspension for spitting at umpire John Hirschbeck on the final weekend of the 1996 regular season. Reserve Jeff Reboulet will start at second base. A year ago, the Orioles opened the season by beating the Royals, 4-2, and swept the series en route to an 11-2 start. Key stats: Jimmy Key was 3-1 with a 2.55 ERA against the Royals last season. During his career, he's 12-6 with a 2.89 ERA. Appier struck out a career-high 207 batters in '96. Offerman batted .376 in September. Bell had a career-high 71 RBIs, but batted only .250. 3B Craig Paquette led the Royals with 22 home runs.

Pub Date: 4/01/97

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