Danny Valencia returns to starting lineup as Royals open series with Orioles

The Royals have won three in a row. The Orioles have lost their last four. Baltimore arrives at Kauffman Stadium on Thursday for the first of four games here. The game starts at 7:10 p.m., and can be seen on Fox Sports Kansas City.

Here are the lineups as Yordano Ventura (2-2, 2.34 ERA) faces Wei-Yin Chen (4-2, 3.95 ERA):

ORIOLES (20-18)

1. Nick Markakis, RF.

2. Manny Machado, 3B.

3. Adam Jones, CF.

4. Chris Davis, 1B.

5. Nelson Cruz, DH.

6. Steve Clevenger, C.

7. JJ Hardy, SS.

8. Ryan Flaherty, 2B.

9. David Lough, LF.

ROYALS (20-19)

1. Nori Aoki, RF.

2. Eric Hosmer, 1B.

3. Billy Butler, DH.

4. Salvador Perez, C.

5. Alex Gordon, LF.

6. Danny Valencia, 3B.

7. Johnny Giavotella, 2B.

8. Lorenzo Cain, CF.

9. Alcides Escobar, SS.

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