Kansas City's bats came to life on Tuesday as they banged out 12 hits in a 6-3 victory over Toronto, ending a three-game slide. The biggest hit of the night was a two-run home run by rookie Alex Gordon, his first career homer.
The Royals will be looking for more of the same from Gordon and company when they step in against Toronto left-hander Gustavo Chacin, who took a no-decision in his first start.
Kansas City will counter with a lefty of its own in Jorge De La Rosa, who sparkled in his debut outing last Friday, holding the Detroit Tigers in check for 7 2/3 innings.
Expect Royals skipper Buddy Bell to juggle his lineup for Wednesday's rubber match. Second baseman Mark Grudzielanek and designated hitter Mike Sweeney are both candidates for a day off as Bell tries to protect them from Toronto's turf.Pitching matchup
KC: LHP Jorge De La Rosa (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
Cold weather didn't put a chill on De La Rosa's last outing, when he worked into the seventh inning against Detroit, a career-long outing. TOR: LHP Gustavo Chacin (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
Chacin was touched for a trio of solo homers in his debut start last Friday but also managed to induce 10 groundouts. He'll be facing Kansas City for the second time in his career. The Venezuelan beat the Royals last season, allowing one run over 7 2/3 innings. Player to watch Tony Pena Jr. Pena went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and an RBI on Tuesday. The rookie shortstop has been triple trouble for opponents so far. Pena picked up his fourth triple in eight games in Tuesday's win. The last player to have four triples in his first eight games was Minnesota's Cristian Guzman in 2001. On the Internet
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Thursday: Royals (RHP Gil Meche, 1-0, 4.40) at Orioles (RHP Steve Trachsel,0-0, 4.05), 6:05 p.m. CT
Friday: Royals (RHP Brandon Duckworth, 0-0, 0.00) at Orioles (LHP Erik Bedard, 1-1, 6.94), 6:05 p.m. CT
Saturday: Royals (LHP Odalis Perez, 0-2, 10.80) at Orioles (RHP Daniel Cabrera, 1-1, 3.07), 6:05 p.m. CT
John Peak in an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less