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OAK@KC: Davis fans eight over seven innings

The Royals will host the Orioles in the second series following the All-Star break. Both teams are coming off series wins, hoping to get on a post-break roll.

The Royals lost five consecutive contests heading into the break, but then took two of three from the American League Central-leading Tigers.

"Our guys come and play hard every day," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "We lost two in New York and we lost three in Cleveland, but they didn't lose their confidence. ... These guys have confidence in their abilities and confidence in each other as a team. Our goal every day is to win every single day."

For the Royals to get on an extended roll, they'll likely need Monday's starter, Wade Davis, to snap out of his personal funk. He's lost his previous three starts, and two of them in ugly fashion.

In two of his final three starts before the break, he left the Royals staring at a big deficit early. At Minnesota, he threw 69 pitches to get three outs and gave up six runs in one-plus innings to the Twins. At Yankee Stadium, he was hammered for eight runs in five innings.

In 17 games against the Orioles, including 11 starts, Davis is 6-4 with a 3.92 ERA. Overall this season, he's 4-8 with a 5.89 ERA and 87 strikeouts over 94 2/3 innings.

The Orioles, meanwhile, know they may only be as good as their starting pitching in the second half, a group that collectively struggled with consistency before the break but got a good outing from Chris Tillman, who went eight-plus innings for his 12th victory of the season on Sunday against Texas.

Two recent additions should help stabilize the starting rotation, including Monday's starter, Scott Feldman. Feldman is making his fourth start since the Orioles acquired him from the Cubs. Along with Wei-Yin Chen, who recently returned from an oblique injury, Feldman figures to provide innings and be a reliable starter for the stretch drive.

In three starts for the Orioles, Feldman has given up 12 earned runs in 18 2/3 innings, with 15 strikeouts and just two walks.

For the season, the right-hander is 8-7 with a 3.86 ERA and 1.15 WHIP over 109 2/3 innings.

Orioles: Davis OK after minor dings
• Chris Davis has obviously been one of the driving forces in the Orioles' lineup this year, but he's also been one of the team's iron men. So after falling awkwardly in the field Saturday and fouling a ball off his foot, the team was surely relieved he'd avoided serious injury.

In the ninth inning Saturday, third baseman Manny Machado charged in hard for a ball and made a barehanded pickup and throw to Davis. The first baseman had to stretch to record the out, and landed on his left leg as he kept his toe on the bag and fell to the ground.

He also fouled a ball off his right ankle bone in the third inning, which brought out head athletic trainer Richie Bancells and manager Buck Showalter to check on Davis after he rounded second base. He stayed in the game with no issue and downplayed the injuries after Saturday's game. Davis started Sunday's game and went 1-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run scored.

Royals: Getz sits out Sunday with knee ailment
• Chris Getz left Saturday's game with a left knee sprain, and was not in Sunday's starting lineup for the series finale against the Tigers.

Apparently the team does not believe it's a significant injury, however, because manager Ned Yost said before Sunday's game that Getz would be available if needed, though he did not appear in the game.

Saturday was just the second game for the second baseman since being recalled from Triple-A Omaha.

Miguel Tejada filled in at second base Sunday and went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the second inning.

Worth noting
• The Royals' Lorenzo Cain extended his hitting streak to nine games Sunday with a sixth-inning single off Doug Fister.

• Billy Butler is 5-for-24 (.208) with a walk and a home run in his career against Feldman. Royals teammate Alex Gordon is 6-for-15 (.400) with a walk.

• The Orioles' J.J. Hardy is 8-for-22 (.364) lifetime against Wade Davis and Matt Wieters is 8-for-23 (.348) in his career versus the right-hander.

• The Royals have gone a season-high 11 games without an error. Comments