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O's vs. Royals 5/25


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BALTIMORE ORIOLES

Felix Pie - LF

Adam Jones - CF

Nick Markakis - RF

Vladimir Guerrero - DH

Matt Wieters - C

Luke Scott - 1B

Mark Reynolds - 3B

J.J. Hardy - SS

Ryan Adams - 2B

Jake Arrieta - P (5-2, 4.75 ERA)

KANSAS CITY ROYALS

Alex Gordon - LF

Melky Cabrera - CF

Eric Hosmer - 1B

Jeff Francoeur - RF

Billy Butler - DH

Wilson Betemit - 3B

Matt Treanor - C

Chris Getz - 2B

Alcides Escobar - SS

Luke Hochevar - P (3-4, 4.36 ERA)

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RIP Paul Splittorff. He was young, born 1946 (65?)

64 and-a half I believe. I loved those Royals-Yankees rivalries in the mid-to-late 70's and early 80's. The Royals were soooooooo close to beating the Yankees in the 1977 ALCS with Splittorff on the mound. One inning away !!!! :( That 1977 Royals team was probably one of the all-time great teams that didn't win the World Series (as was our beloved 1979 Orioles).

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