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MIN@BAL: Hunter dominates over seven scoreless frames

As the wins keep coming for the American League East-leading Orioles, so do the home runs.

The O's -- tied with the Rays atop their division -- will look to keep the power supply coming in the opener of a short two-game series with the Royals on Wednesday.

Adam Jones smashed his 11th home run of the season, a solo shot, in a 5-2 win over the Yankees on Tuesday. It was Baltimore's 38th solo homer of the year, which leads the Major Leagues. Eleven of Baltimore's last 15 home runs have been solo shots.

But the Royals have an offensive weapon of their own in third baseman Mike Moustakas, who has reached base safely in 22 straight games entering Wednesday's series opener.

"I've just been trying to do anything I can to help us win," Moustakas said. "We've been playing really good baseball up to this point. I'm just trying to be consistent. That's what this game is about, just going out there every day and putting consistent at-bats together and trying to have consistent approaches."

Since starting the season slowly with a .229 batting average through April 21, Moustakas has brought his average up to .310. He enters Wednesday with five home runs and 16 RBIs.

Orioles: Hunter on the hill
Tommy Hunter gets the start for the Orioles on Wednesday. The right-hander is looking to return to the win column after losing to the Rangers on Thursday. Hunter has given up 10 home runs in just seven starts, but he has struck out 27.

Royals: Paulino looking to find groove
In his first start this season, Felipe Paulino received five runs of support and defeated the Yankees on the strength of six shutout innings. In his second outing, Paulino gave up four runs in 5 2/3 innings and didn't receive any run support. The Royals right-hander is looking for more starts like his season debut.

"I feel really strong and confident in myself," Paulino said after beating the Yankees on May 5. "That's the big key in this sport, baseball -- be confident all the time when you throw your pitches and try to attack the hitter."

Worth noting
• Just four Orioles have faced Paulino, but each has had success. J.J. Hardy, Bill Hall, Wilson Betemit and Nick Johnson have combined to go 7-for-13 (.538) with two home runs against the right-hander.

• After closing out Tuesday's win, Jim Johnson has converted 20 straight save opportunities, a streak that dates back to Aug. 14, 2011. He is a perfect 12-for-12 this season. Comments