BALTIMORE --The Orioles have played more road games than any other team in the Major Leagues, and now return home for three quick home contests with the Royals after a long West Coast trip.
Baltimore went 7-4 on the three-city, 11-game trip, and the Orioles were certainly glad to get a day off Monday, even though they spent a chunk of the time traveling.
"We're still afloat," Adam Jones said Tuesday. "It was a hell of a road trip. It was good to have a day off yesterday, but I think most of the guys are ready to play baseball. We're champing at the bit to get back on that field."
The Orioles played 20 of their first 32 games on the road. They go to Minnesota this weekend before finally getting a homestand -- taking on the Padres, Rays and Yankees in an eight-game stretch starting on May 14.
Entering Tuesday, the Orioles have the most road wins in the American League -- 12 -- and second-most in the Majors. Their 12-8 road record is a big reason they've maintained a strong position in the AL East so far this season.
Davis returns to lineup Tuesday with new perspective
BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis was back in the lineup for the series opener with the Royals and said his injured right knee is feeling fine.
Davis hurt the knee running out a ball against the Angels Friday, but said that everything's fine now, and he's ready to go.
In addition, he said it kind of opened his eyes a bit.
"I think it was one of those things where you kind of realize you're not invincible," Davis said. "I've never had any injuries in my career where they've caused me to miss any time."
Davis earned American League Player of the Month honors after his great start in April. Plus, he's moved into the full-time first base job without too much trouble.
For now, though, he's hoping the knee continues to be just fine and is happy to return to the lineup.
Roberts meeting with specialist Wednesday
BALTIMORE -- Brian Roberts is headed to Dallas Wednesday to meet with Dr. Daniel Cooper, who he hopes can help him speed up the pace of his recovery from his right hamstring injury.
Roberts ruptured a tendon behind his right knee on April 4 at Tampa Bay while sliding, and he is trying to figure out why his recovery isn't moving along more quickly.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Roberts started light batting practice work and didn't like the way things felt.
"He just doesn't feel it's moving at the pace he was hoping," Showalter said Tuesday. "I think he was just a little frustrated that it hadn't come faster."
Cooper apparently helped Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria with his hamstring troubles last year. Roberts has spoken to Longoria already.
Showalter also said that they're not talking about moving Roberts to the 60-day disabled list yet, and that the Orioles are OK with the second baseman meeting with Cooper.
"He just wants to get a feel for what he thinks and see if there's something that he or we can do differently," Showalter said.
• J.J. Hardy got an injection from Angels team doctor Lewis Yocum for what Showalter called a light case of tennis elbow. The shortstop was in the lineup for Tuesday's game.
• The exact status of right-hander Miguel Gonzalez still isn't known, although it looks like his start could be pushed back a few days. Gonzalez is battling blister/callous problems on his right thumb. He's scheduled to take his work day Thursday, possibly even Wednesday, and Showalter said the Orioles will take a look at things then.
"We've got two or three scenarios in place. We can push him back as far as Saturday if we want to, but we'll see," Showalter said.
• The five Oriole starters haven't done so well against the Royals in their careers, posting a combined record of 12-18 with a 5.88 ERA. They're hoping for better success in this series, the only time Kansas City comes to Baltimore in 2013.
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.