Orioles on deck: What to watch Saturday at Royals

Orioles on deck: What to watch Saturday at Royals
Alcides Escobar #2 of the Kansas City Royals slides past Caleb Joseph #36 of the Baltimore Orioles as he scores on a Mike Moustakas double in the second inning at Kauffman Stadium on April 22, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Ed Zurga / Getty Images)

Orioles (10-5) vs. Kansas City Royals (11-5)

Where: Kauffman Stadium


First pitch: 7:15 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/WJZ/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Tyler Wilson (0-0, 1.13 ERA) vs. Royals RHP Kris Medlen (1-0, 2.38 ERA)

What to watch

1. Mr. Wilson. Tyler Wilson makes his first start of the season after allowing one run in eight innings over three long-relief appearances. Wilson has done enough to impress to -- at least temporarily -- take over Vance Worley's spot in the rotation. With Yovani Gallardo on the disabled list, will Wilson do enough to stick as a starter for a while?

2. Sweet 16. Manny Machado's career-long hitting streak is up to 15 games, making him the first player in Orioles history to have a hit in each of the club's first 15 games of a season. Can he keep it going with at least another knock Saturday?

3. Matusz back. For the first time this season, the Orioles have all of their top relief weapons at their disposal now that lefty specialist Brian Matusz is off the disabled list. Will that affect how manager Buck Showalter deploys his bullpen against a tough Royals squad?

Orioles lineup

RF Joey Rickard
3B Manny Machado
CF Adam Jones
1B Chris Davis
DH Mark Trumbo
C Matt Wieters
SS J.J. Hardy
2B Jonathan Schoop
LF Hyun Soo Kim