Baltimore Orioles defeat Kansas City Royals, 9-5

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - -The long-awaited Orioles debut of left-hander Rich Hill is expected to happen Saturday at Kauffman Stadium now that the club has created a spot in its rotation.

Orioles manager Dave Trembley said he spoke to Mark Hendrickson (1-4 with a 6.35 ERA in seven starts) on Thursday afternoon and told him he would be sent to the bullpen effective Thursday evening.

Trembley also announced that Koji Uehara, who prefers pitching on extra rest, will start Sund...

Reimold's first hit

Ballyhooed outfield prospect Nolan Reimold got his first major league hit in his fourth at-bat. Reimold hit a hard grounder up the middle in the seventh inning against reliever Ron Mahay. Royals second baseman Alberto Callaspo made a strong backhand stop, but his off-balance throw bounced in the dirt and first baseman Billy Butler couldn't hold on to it. It was ruled a single.

First homer, sort of

When Aubrey Huff hit a solo homer to right in t...

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - - On a rocky plane ride in the early hours of Thursday morning, Orioles manager Dave Trembley attempted plot his lineup without the club's leading hitter, Adam Jones.

It wasn't just the violent rainstorm hammering the plane that gave him the jitters.

"Last night, my pencil, along with my stomach, was jumping," Trembley said. "Jones is just a tough void in the lineup to fill. But I wanted to balance it as best I possibly could."

The lineup he dev...