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on Saturday to lock up a third consecutive series for the first time this season.Kansas City (43-91) is playing another team struggling as much — the Baltimore Orioles — and the Royals posted a 9-2 victory in the opener to three-game Friday night at home. They banged out three homers in the win.That win stopped the Orioles (40-95) from tying a season high for consecutive victories (four).Article continues below ...They’ll meet again Saturday at Kauffman Stadium when Dylan Bundy (7-13 Matt Duffy Jersey , 5.37 ERA) starts for the Orioles against Heath Fillmyer (2-1, 4.21) in a battle of right-handers.The Royals’ recent streak started when they took two of three from Cleveland last weekend and swept a two-game set from Detroit after that. Now, Kansas City has won six of its last seven games, the team’s best stretch this season.Power helped the Royals in Friday’s win. They belted out three homers in the victory, including one from Cam Gallagher, who had just been called up earlier in the day. That was his first home run this season and the second of his brief major league career.Home runs have been a problem for Bundy recently and all season , in fact. Bundy has given up the most homers in the majors this year (34) and allowed eight in July and eight in August.He has a combined record of 1-6 in the past two months after going 3-0 in June.Bundy has left the ball too close to the plate too many times and is working on correcting that issue. When the right-hander’s pitches stay on the corner, he finds much more success.“It’s frustrating for Dylan because he doesn’t want to be giving up anything,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter told the media earlier this season. “I’ve talked to him about it.”Bundy has a 1-1 career record with a 5.87 ERA against Kansas City.For the Royals, Fillmyer is a rookie who will be making his ninth career start — and 13th appearance in the major leagues. He never has faced the Orioles.Both teams made some moves before the game. The Royals acquired pitcher Jerry Vasto from the Colorado Rockies in exchange for catcher Drew Butera, a popular player who was with the team during its World Series run three years ago.Butera was a backup catcher, and it was clear the Royals were sad about losing him.“He was perfect for this team and knowing his role Chris Archer Jersey ,” Royals manager Ned Yost told the media Friday. “He was always ready to play when he was called upon. He was just the perfect backup catcher, especially for our situation.”Kansas City also recalled Gallagher from Triple-A Omaha and returned outfielder Brian Goodwin from his rehab assignment and reinstated him from the disabled list.Baltimore recalled outfielder Joey Rickard from Triple-A Norfolk and reinstated pitcher Jhan Marinez from the disabled list (right hamstring strain). After clearing waivers, the Orioles assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk.The Orioles also designated outfielder Craig Gentry for assignment. TheChicago Cubs placedshortstop Addison Russell on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to Monday witha sprained left middle finger and added newly acquired infielder Daniel Murphy to the major league roster.This is another setback for Russell after he had a foot injuryin 2017 on his way to 110 games played. The 2016 All-Star is slashing .259/.326/.359 with five home runs and 37 RBIthis season as Chicago looks to win its second World Series in three years.Russell slashed .238/.321/.417 with 21 home runs and 95 RBI in 2016 but saw his run-production totals drop last season to .239/.304/.418 with 12 homers and 43 RBI. He has been a solid source of production in the Cubs lineup at times, but Chicago could miss his glove the most if he is out for significant time.The 24-year-old was responsible for 19 total defensive runs saved above average in 2015, 19 in 2016 and 15in 2017, per FanGraphs. He is one of the best defensive shortstops in the league and an anchor for the team's infield defense.The Cubs will likely turn toward the versatile Javier Baez to play shortstop until Russell is ready to return.While Baez is also an impressive fielder and gives Chicago another power source Kevin Kiermaier Jersey , locking him in at shortstop takes away the value he provides by being able to play a number of different positions, depending on matchups. Murphy and Ben Zobrist can play second while Baez plays short.

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