Danny Duffy shines in return as Royals defeat Indians

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It was tough to know what to expect from Danny Duffy tonight, as he was making his first start since September 6 due to left rotator cuff inflammation. However, he showed little in the way of rust.

Duffy tossed six scoreless innings as the Royals defeated the Indians 2-0 at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The southpaw gave up six hits and two walks while striking out five. Brandon Finnegan, Wade Davis, and Greg Holland followed with three scoreless innings to lock down the victory.

Carlos Carrasco pitched a solid game in his own right, striking out nine batters over his 7 1/3 innings of work, but Eric Hosmer delivered an RBI single in the first inning and Alcides Escobar added another run with an infield single in the fifth.

The Tigers lost 2-0 to the White Sox tonight, so the Royals are now just one game back in the American League Central with six games remaining for both teams. The Mariners got blown out by the Blue Jays tonight, so they are now two games back of the Royals in the Wild Card race. Meanwhile, the Indians are 3 1/2 games behind the Royals.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.