KANSAS CITY -- A year ago at this time, right-hander Bud Norris was pitching for a rebuilding Astros' ballclub.
Now that he's with the Orioles, Norris has been energized by the thought of a season-long quest for the playoffs.
"I'm in a good place," Norris said. "Great team, great organization. I'm just excited to go out there and play meaningful games every day."
Norris, acquired in a July 31 Trade Deadline deal last season, continues to provide quality starts. He worked 7 1/3 innings on Saturday against Kansas City, allowing just four hits and one run. That performance lowered Norris' ERA to 3.58 through eight starts.
Although Norris wound up taking a 1-0 loss, he kept his team in the game despite the fact that Royals left-hander Danny Duffy retired the first 20 Baltimore hitters.
"They got kind of a cheap run in the first inning, but Bud just shut them down after that," catcher Caleb Joseph said. "He was a bulldog out there."
Showalter honored to help salute Negro Leagues
KANSAS CITY -- On Salute to the Negro Leagues day at Kauffman Stadium, the Orioles wore the uniforms of the Baltimore Black Sox of the late 1920s, while the Royals represented the Kansas City Monarchs.
"It's an honor to be asked to do it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It's a great idea. It draws attention to something that deserves attention."
Showalter is a big fan of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
"It's an ethereal experience to go in there, with all the statues," Showalter said.
Showalter said he was able to spend some time earlier in the week talking to museum president Bob Kendrick about Baltimore's history in the Negro Leagues.
Wieters gets platelet-rich plasma injection in elbow
KANSAS CITY -- Catcher Matt Wieters, who has been sidelined with a sore right elbow, had a platelet-rich plasma injection in the elbow last Monday, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter.
After Wieters fully rests from the injection, the Orioles expect to get a more definitive idea about what's going on with the elbow. Showalter has said he would like to know by July 1 whether Wieters can return behind the plate this season.
Meanwhile, Rule 5 infielder Michael Almanzar had a second PRP injection in his right knee on Thursday.
Showalter making sure Hunter, Matusz see action
KANSAS CITY -- Before he left the club Saturday to attend the law school graduation of his daughter, Orioles manager Buck Showalter talked to acting manager John Russell about the status of bullpen members Tommy Hunter and Brian Matusz.
"I said that if the situation presents itself, we need to get Brian and Tommy in the game," Showalter said.
Hunter and Matusz each wound up working one-third of an inning in the eighth and kept the Orioles' deficit at 1-0 on Saturday.
Despite Hunter's rocky times lately, Showalter made it clear on Sunday that he remains an integral part of the Orioles' bullpen.
"We don't have any misgivings about bringing Tommy in," Showalter said. "He'll be in a situation again that's very meaningful for us."
Robert Falkoff is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.