The Baltimore Orioles were happy to have a day off after a grueling stretch, but an off day probably isn't good news for the Kansas City Royals.
The Orioles have won all four games after not playing the day before heading into Friday night's opener of a three-game home set against a Royals team that has struggled following time off.
Baltimore (28-17) dropped two of three to Boston this week, capped by Wednesday's 6-5 defeat. That finished a 12-8, 20-day stretch for the Orioles, who had one day off in that span due to a postponement against Texas.
"I'm real proud of the effort and the way these guys have gotten after it for these 20 games," manager Buck Showalter said. "We knew looking at the schedule it was going to be a real challenge for us physically, mentally and emotionally."
The Orioles won the first game of a doubleheader against the Rangers on May 10 following the rainout to improve to 4-0 coming off a day off, not counting another win on opening day.
Kansas City (17-26...