BALTIMORE -- 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. Butler finished with three RBIs and scored three runs, and Alex Gordon homered and had three hits to help Kansas City end the Orioles five-game winning streak and take the lustre off Manny Machados impressive major league debut. Butler homered in a four-run first inning, doubled in the third and tripled in the fifth. Vying to become the first Kansas City player to hit for the cycle since George Brett in 1990, Butler struck out against Matt Lindstrom in the seventh and submariner Darren ODay in the ninth. "I really didnt have much to hit," Butler said. "They pitched me tough with some really good sliders. ODay is not somebody a right-hander is going to have much success against at all. I know I havent in my history. Im just trying to take him the other way and it just didnt work out. Hes going to get most righties out all of the time." Butler is 11 for 24 (.458) with three homers and five RBIs in six games against Baltimore this season. "Butlers one of the top five right-handed hitters in baseball," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "This guy is solid. You look at his track record. I try not to feel like hes picking on us. We made some good pitches on him the last couple at-bats, but we made some mistakes on him and good hitters are going to pounce on those." Machado, the third overall pick in the 2010 draft, went 2 for 4 and played flawlessly at third base in his first game above the Double-A level. The 20-year-old grounded out in the second inning, tripled in the fifth, beat out a slow roller to second base in the seventh and popped out to end the game. "I thought Manny did well, presented himself well tonight," Showalter said. "Im proud of him. There was a nice calmness about him and a good start. He handled the situation well, all things considered." Machado was pleased with his performance but disappointed with the final score. "It would have been way much better if we would have come out with a win, but they did a good job," the rookie said. Asked if this taste of success might carry over, Machado replied, "Ive still got a long year and a lot more at-bats to go. But for the first night I think it went great." Matt Wieters homered for the Orioles, who failed for a sixth time this season to extend a five-game winning streak to six. Baltimore rookie Wei-Yin Chen (10-7) allowed a career-high seven runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings. Coming off two straight starts in which he did not allow an earned run, the Taiwanese left-hander yielded a home run to Gordon on the second pitch of the game and never got back on track. Will Smith (3-4) gave up two runs and six hits in seven innings for the Royals, who have won four of five. "That was a great game," manager Ned Yost said. "We tacked on runs on three or four different occasions. (Alcides) Escobar was spectacular at shortstop. Great defence. We hit homers. We hit doubles. We played very, very well." Kansas City took a 4-0 lead before Chen could get an out. After Gordon hit his third leadoff homer of the season, Escobar and Lorenzo Cain followed with singles before Butler homered on a 1-1 pitch. In the second inning, Machado received a warm ovation from the crowd of 21,226 before his first at-bat. With two on and two outs, he hit a chopper to Escobar and was thrown out by a step. The Royals used doubles by Butler, Mike Moustakas and Jeff Francoeur to make it 6-0 in the third. Moustakas was 2 for 27 lifetime against Baltimore before his run-scoring hit. Chens night ended in the fifth, when Butler tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Salvador Perez. In the bottom half, Machado tripled and scored on a fly ball by Nick Markakis to make it 7-1. Escobar hit an RBI single in the sixth, and Wieters connected in the Orioles half. NOTES: To make room for Machado, the Orioles optioned RHP Steve Johnson to Triple-A Norfolk. The move comes one day after Johnson beat Seattle in his first major league start. ... Machado is the first position player to make his debut with the Orioles before his 21st birthday since Eugene Kingsale in 1996. ... Gordon has eight career leadoff homers ... The Royals have nine home runs in their last five games. Cheap Jerseys USA
. Beachy and the Braves agreed to a one-year deal on Monday, successfully avoiding arbitration with the 27-year-old. Cheap Jerseys China
., was alone atop the leaderboard at 9-under-par 204 on Saturday at the 107th Canadian mens amateur championship. http://www.cheapjerseysfromchinawholesale.com/. As part of the Kraft Celebration Tour, Kyle hosts a special edition of SPORTSCENTRE featuring anchors Jay Onrait and Dan OToole when they broadcast live from the community on Tuesday, Aug. Cyber Monday Jerseys
. Sinclair may not be cleared to play Thursday against France, a match the Canadians cant afford to lose if theyre to advance at the FIFA Womens World Cup -- and theres little the 28-year-old can do about it except hope. Black Friday Jerseys
. Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf threw himself on his sword. There was drama and pain aplenty in the Leafs 4-3 overtime loss Wednesday night that gave the Bruins a commanding 3-1 lead in their playoff series heading back to Boston on Friday.KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- On the verge of victory, Roger Federer stopped playing when he thought a pivotal point had ended at the Sony Ericsson Open on Saturday. He mistook a fans shout for a linesmans call, which cost him the game. Play continued for another 25 minutes before Federer finally closed out his opening match by beating 19-year-old American Ryan Harrison 6-2, 7-6 (3). "Id like to make it a bit more difficult for my opponent," Federer said. "I was just completely confused about the whole situation." Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Novak Djokovic and Andy Roddick won in more straightforward fashion, but two-time champion Kim Clijsters was eliminated. Federer led 5-2 in the second set and had a chance to finish in less than an hour until he lost two fluky points that extended the match. Serving at 5-3, Federer blew an easy overhead to fall behind 15-30. One point later, facing break point for the only time in the match, Federer hit a forehand that landed on the baseline. A fan hollered "Out!" and Federer stopped. By the time he realized the ball was still in play, Harrison had won the point -- and the game. "It completely threw me off," Federer said. "Its the first time it has ever happened in my career. I was like, Thats it? Thats a break point? This is how this is going to happen?" Harrison took advantage of the break, although he said he felt bad about it. "Obviously I want to win every point the right way, and not because something happened," the teenager said. "Unfortunately somebody interrupted play." After Harrison held twice to force the tiebreaker, Federer hit a spectacular lunging lob to turn a scrambling exchange his way for a 4-2 lead. Four points later, he closed out his 40th victory in the past 42 matches. "I felt like I had to win the match like three times at the end, so I was relieved to come through," he said. Federer has a 77-match winning streak against players outside the top 20. The No. 3-seeded Federers opponent in the third round will be another American, familiar foil Roddick. Theyve played 23 times and Roddick has won only twice, although hhe did beat Federer at Key Biscayne in 2008.dddddddddddd "Theres no getting around the fact that he has been the biggest obstacle in my career," Roddick said. "His game matches up well against mine." Roddick lost only five points on his first serve, never faced a break point and beat Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-3, 6-2. Roddick is trying to improve a ranking that has dropped to 34th, the lowest he has been since 2001. The top-seeded Djokovic, who won the tournament in 2007 and 2011, improved to 7-0 against Marco Baghdatis by winning 6-4, 6-4. Williams started early and finished fast. Walking onto the stadium court at 11 a.m., Williams dominated with her serve, played consistently from the baseline and moved into the fourth round by beating Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-1. Williams was done shortly after noon. "Im not a morning person," she said. "I actually hate morning matches, but I always do my best at 11 oclock matches." Williams won most of the short points and a succession of long rallies as well. She hit 25 winners while committing 20 unforced errors. Seeded 10th, Williams is making her return to tournament tennis after a two-month absence because of a left ankle injury. At No. 20, Vinci is the highest-ranked player Williams has beaten this year. Williams is seeking her first tournament championship since August, and shes bidding for a record sixth title at Key Biscayne. "I need trophies," she said. "I want to add more and to do more. There are records to break. So Ill do it. Ive just got to believe it. I do believe it." Sharapova, seeded second, beat American qualifier Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-2. Clijsters, coming back from an ankle injury, lost to Belgian compatriot Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 7-6 (5). Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki beat No. 29-seeded Petra Cetkovska 6-3, 7-5. Reigning French Open champion Li Na defeated Iveta Benesova 7-5, 6-2 and Samantha Stosur, last years U.S. Open winner, rallied past Chanelle Scheepers, 2-6, 7-5, 6-2. No. 8 Mardy Fish was among 15 seeded men to advance. One lost: No. 15 Feliciano Lopez was beaten by fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos, 6-4, 7-6 (5). ' ' '