Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy received a cortisone injection from Los Angeles Angels team doctor Lewis Yocum for a sore elbow before the club left Anaheim. Showalter said Hardy has been dealing with “an equivalent of a light case of tennis elbow.” ... Former Oriole right-hander Jeremy Guthrie is slated to start Thursday’s series finale. The Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers are the only teams Guthrie has not faced in his career. … Hammel, who started last year with a 6-1 record, is 5-1 heading into this weekend. With a win, he’d become the first Oriole since Mike Boddicker (6-1 in 1985 and 10-1 to start 1986) to go at least 6-1 to begin consecutive seasons, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Zach Britton started his 2011 and 2012 seasons at 5-1. … Kansas City right-hander Ervin Santana took a 13-inning scoreless streak into Tuesday’s start. He allowed three runs in the first inning. … Heading into Tuesday, pinch hitters for the Orioles and Royals were a combined 1-for-19. The Orioles’ pinch-hitters were hitless in nine at-bats.