Baltimore (31-42) at Kansas City (29-45)

Cloudy Currently: Kansas City, MO, US
Temp: 48° F
  • Game info: 8:10 pm EDT Wed Jun 30, 2004
  • TV: CSN, RTN
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Coming off their first win since trading Carlos Beltran to Houston in a three-team trade last Thursday, the Kansas City Royals look to pick up some momentum as they continue their three-game series with the Baltimore Orioles.

The Royals, who knew they would not be able to re-sign Beltran when he became a free agent at the end of the season, received third baseman Mark Teahen and right-hander Mike Wood from Oakland, and catcher John Buck from the Astros.

The Royals lost 12-3 Thursday before trading Beltran and dropped their next four games without him. They were outscored 40-10 during the five-game slide.

After Beltran hit a first-inning homer in Thursday’s loss, Kansas City did not hold a lead for 49 consecutive innings. Tony Graffanino hit a bloop single in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s 4-3 win, giving the Royals a 2-1 lead and snapping that streak.

“It’s time to move on,” first baseman Ken Harvey said. “We’re grown men. We have to play without our star. Let’s move on.”

The Royals, who entered Tuesday’s game ranked second-to-last in the American League in runs (320), hits (651) and RBIs (307), and third-to-last in batting average (.261), had not scored four runs in a game since last Wednesday’s 7-3 win over the Tigers.

“I think the Royals got good players for Beltran,” said Buck, who got his first major league hit Tuesday. “He is one of the best outfielders, but the players the Royals got are major league players. I think you’ll see more of that.”

Desi Relaford hit the go-ahead double in the sixth Tuesday, and Graffanino and Mike Sweeney each went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Kansas City.

David Newhan went 2-for-4 with and RBI for the Orioles, who have lost 12 of their last 16.

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