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Orioles on deck: What to watch Friday at Royals, plus series matchups

First pitch, broadcast info, starting pitchers, lineups and what to watch in the Orioles' game against the Royals.

Orioles (22-11) vs. Royals (13-21)

Where: Kauffman Stadium

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First pitch: 8:15 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 FM

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (5-1, 2.17 ERA) vs. Royals LHP Danny Duffy (2-3, 3.50 ERA)

Series matchup

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.52, 17th); Royals (3.03, 30th)

Average: Orioles (.253, 14th); Royals (.217, 30th)

Home runs: Orioles (43, 12th); Royals (31, 26th)

OPS: Orioles (.724, 20th); Royals (.619, 30th)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (3.95, 12th); Royals (3.96, 13th)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (4.04, 11th); Royals (3.44, third)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (3.81, 10th); Royals (4.88, 24th)

Fielding (MLB rank)

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Fielding percentage: Orioles (.986, sixth); Royals (.992, first)

Errors: Orioles (17, t-fifth fewest); Royals (10, t-fewest)

UZR/150: Orioles (-3.2, 21st); Royals (4.5, fifth)

Defensive runs saved: Orioles (-25, t-24th); Royals (29, sixth)

What to watch

1. Opportunity. The Orioles have been jostling with the New York Yankees and Houston Astros for the best record in the American League, and this weekend have a chance to get the upper hand. The Yankees and Astros go head to head while the Orioles take on the Royals, owners of the worst record in the AL. The Royals have won just six of their past 20 games, but are showing signs of an awakening with three wins in four games.

2. Bundy time. Every five days, Dylan Bundy is starting to draw all eyes his way. He has provided a quality start in each of his seven outings and hasn't lost since his second game of the year. His ERA moved above 2.00 for the first time since April 11 after he allowed three runs in six innings in a win over the Chicago White Sox on Saturday. His latest outing was pushed back a day by Thursday's rainout.

3. Johnny Baseball. Jonathan Schoop has now reached base in 25 straight games for second-longest active streak in the majors. During that time, he's batting .348/.390/.629 with 10 doubles, five homers and 17 RBIs. He just might be the club's most impactful hitter this season. Can he keep it going in K.C.?

Orioles lineup

LF Joey Rickard
CF Adam Jones
3B Manny Machado
DH Mark Trumbo
2B Jonathan Schoop
1B Trey Mancini
SS J.J. Hardy
C Caleb Joseph
RF Craig Gentry

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