Baltimore Orioles defeat Kansas City Royals, 6-2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- There were several times last night when the Orioles' biggest surprise this season looked like he could unravel.

Pitching coach Leo Mazzone sensed one of them in the fifth inning with the Orioles holding a tenuous one-run lead over the Kansas City Royals.

Jeremy Guthrie had already walked leadoff hitter John Buck on five pitches. He struck out Alex Gordon, then quickly allowed a single to Ryan Shealy that prompted Mazzone's visit. The pitching coach ...

Guthrie still solid

Those waiting for Jeremy Guthrie to suffer a letdown this year will have to wait another five days. Guthrie allowed a first-inning home run to Mark Teahen, but not much else over seven innings. He surrendered just two runs on three hits and a walk in seven innings, improving to 3-1 with a 3.02 ERA. In six starts this season spanning 40 1/3 innings, Guthrie has given up just seven earned runs. He's gone at least seven innings in four straight starts.
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Third base and infield coach Juan Samuel still has to remind third baseman Melvin Mora to come in more against certain hitters that like to bunt, or to play closer to the line when the Orioles have a soft-tossing left-hander on the mound. He is constantly urging shortstop Miguel Tejada to be more aggressive in charging balls and to cheat a little in certain pitch counts.

About two months into the season, Samuel looks at the Orioles' infield defense a...