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Royals pitcher Will Smith delivers during the first inning of Thursday’s game against the Orioles in Baltimore. The Royals won their third in a row.

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Butler leads Royals over Orioles 8-2

Billy Butler had already cleared the most difficult obstacles of hitting for the cycle, including a home run and his first triple since 2009. All he needed was a measly little single in his final two at-bats to become the seventh player in the history of the Kansas City Royals to complete the cycle. Butler fell short, but that was one of very few negatives for the Royals in an 8-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday night.

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