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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
Major League Baseball has released the remaining game times for the American League Championship Series and the Orioles will play all but two games in the series at night. Start times for Games 1 (8:07 p.m.) and 2 (4:07 p.m.) at Camden Yards were previously announced. When the series moves to Kansas City, both Games 3 and 4 will be 8:07 p.m. starts and Game 5, if necessary, will begin at 4:07 p.m. If the series returned to Baltimore for Games 6 and 7, both of those games will begin at 8:07 p.m. The National League Championship Series between the Cardinals and Giants also has five games being played at 8:07 p.m. and two at 4:07 p.m. eencina@baltsun.com twitter.com/EddieInTheYard
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Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
We're back at Connolly's, where we're gonna start pricing our rail drinks based on how many points the suddenly, high-powered Ravens offense scores weekly. I'm kidding about that - I'm gouging you people with ridiculous prices, because you can't stay away from the witty banter - and I'm not turning to football yet. The bartending crew - Pete Schmuck is really just a keg lifter, but we try to include him - is all in Kansas City. We're chewing on barbecue and the idea of the Orioles' season ending in Kauffman Stadium.
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October 12, 2012
It was probably an honest mistake, but the sports website Deadspin.com blasted MLB.com on Friday after Major League Baseball's official website posted a TBS promo for the opener of the American League Championship Series that listed “Tigers vs. Yankees” as the opposing teams. Of course, the Yankees haven't gotten in yet, so it was a little premature and it allowed Deadspin to have some fun at MLB.com's expense with a headline that read “MLB.com Has Already Penciled In The Yankees For An ALCS Appearance.” Doubt there's any evil MLB conspiracy afoot to keep the nation's biggest media market in play for the next playoff round, but it did cross my mind when home plate umpire Mike Everett called Matt Wieters out in the second inning on a ball that catcher Russell Martin almost had to pluck off the ground, then rung up Manny Machado on a check swing when the bat barely got off his shoulder.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
KANSAS CITY, MO. -- The Orioles will attempt an unprecedented climb out of a 2-0 hole as the American League Championship Series shifts to Kauffman Stadium. It won't be easy because the Kansas City Royals are a team brimming with confidence. The Royals arrived home having won all six of their postseason games - pulling out two tightly-contested wins over the Orioles at Camden Yards with their share of late-inning hits and celebratory histrionics - to put the Orioles' season on the brink.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2012
NEW YORK -- If the Orioles advance to the American League  Championship Series, their starting pitching options for the first two games in Detroit would hinge on how they use their staff tonight. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said "all hands are on deck" for tonight's decisive ALDS Game 5, with the exception of Miguel Gonzalez and Joe Saunders. "I haven't heard anything that would make me think people are not available," Showalter said before Friday's game. Don't hold me to it. We can gain something, hear something, find out something between now and game time.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2014
The Orioles are a win away from the American League Championship Series, and Saturday morning the team announced two options for fans to purchase tickets for that series. Fans who place a minimum $250 per seat deposit on a 2015 full or partial season-ticket plan by noon on Monday will have a chance to buy ALCS tickets, and possibly other future postseason tickets, via an exclusive online-only pre-sale on Tuesday at 10 a.m. A public sale for ALCS tickets will take place on Thursday at noon, exclusively online at  orioles.com/postseason . Availability is expected to be extremely limited, and a maximum of four tickets per ALCS game may be purchased.
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By Matt Vensel | March 31, 2011
The baseball world believes the Orioles will be better in their first full season under manager Buck Showalter. One baseball scribe, Mike Puma of The New York Post , thinks the Orioles are improved enough to make the playoffs, and he even he has them advancing all the way to the American League Championship Series. In The N.Y. Post's 2011 baseball staff predictions , the Mets beat writer prognosticated that the Orioles will take the American League wild card, pick up a series win the Divisional Series and lose to the Red Sox, his World Series champions, in the ALCS.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
The Orioles will play the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series for a berth in the World Series. The two teams will meet in Game 1 on Friday and Game 2 on Saturday at Camden Yards before moving to Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City for Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary). Games 6 and 7 would be at Camden Yards, if they're needed. All game times have yet to be announced. Both teams completed a three-game sweep in the AL Division Series on Sunday. The Orioles beat the Detroit Tigers, 2-1, in the deciding game of their series, while the Royals routed the Los Angeles Angels, 8-3, in Game 3 to advance.
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By Blair Kerkhoff and The Kansas City Star | October 7, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's possible that the Kansas City Royals will go into the American League Championship Series against the Orioles with the same 25-man roster, including 11 pitchers, they used to sweep the Los Angeles Angels in the Division Series. And it appears likely that Kansas City rookie right-hander Yordano Ventura will be the Game 2 starter Saturday after right-hander James Shields pitches in Game 1. “We're pretty set with Ventura in the second game,” Royals manager Ned Yost said.
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By Blair Kerkhoff and The Kansas City Star | October 6, 2014
KANSAS CITY -- No surprise here. James Shields is expected to start the first game of the American League Championship Series for the Kansas City Royals against the Orioles on Friday at Camden Yards. “Friday is Shields' fifth day,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “I imagine he'll be our starter. I'm almost certain Shields will start Game 1.” The Royals' three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels in an American League Division Series, completed with Sunday's 8-3 victory at Kauffman Stadium, has allowed Yost the luxury of setting up his pitching order as he sees fit. For the rest of this article, visit The Kansas City Star's website . Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/mlb/kansas-city-royals/article2538392.html#storylink=cpy
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The Orioles head to Kansas City down two games in the American League Championship Series as play shifts to Kauffman Stadium for the next three matchups with the Royals. They're facing unprecedented odds. Since the LCS round went to a best-of-seven format in 1985, no team has lost the first two games of the series and came back to win. It's a tough mountain to climb in the flat Midwest, especially against a Royals team that has seen everything go its way and has won all six of its postseason games this year.
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Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
KANSAS CITY, MO. - There were several junctures during the 2014 regular season when catcher Caleb Joseph came up big for the Orioles, but he had to admit Sunday that he was starting to wonder if his breakthrough season would be obscured by a lengthy batting slump that had crept into the playoffs. If that was weighing on his mind when he took the field for Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, it didn't show. Joseph delivered a solid all-around performance on Saturday that included a sacrifice fly to drive in the Orioles' first run, two singles and a big, late-inning throw to cut down speedy Kansas City Royals base-stealer Jarrod Dyson at second base.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Although this year's American League Championship Series represents the two smallest market sizes in history, according to TBS, the Game 1 matchup Friday averaged 5.92 million total viewers for the network. The total represented an increase of 9 percent from the National League Championship Series Game 1 telecast between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals on TBS last year, the network said Saturday. That game averaged 5.45 million total viewers, according to TBS. The market sizes for Kansas City and Baltimore are 70 percent smaller than the market sizes for Los Angeles and St. Louis, based on available television households, according to TBS. In 2013, the number was 6.75 million, compared to 2.015 million this year.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
The words delivered in the Orioles clubhouse after another jaw-busting, late-inning loss to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series belied the otherwise eerie silence that punctuated the room. Bounce around from player to player after Saturday's 6-4 loss in Game 2 and, no matter who you talk to, the refrain remains the same. It's only two losses. These Orioles are great on the road. They have overcome so much adversity, what's a little more? “It's tough, it's a hole,” Orioles reliever Darren O'Day said.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters, columnists and editors share their immediate reaction to Game 2 of the American League Championship Series between the Orioles and the Kansas City Royals. Eduardo A. Encina, reporter: The Orioles now have a tremendous mountain to climb in Kansas City down two games to none as the ALCS shifts to Kauffman Stadium. The Orioles hadn't lost consecutive home games since June 28-29. And if they were able to get anything out of a one-out, bases-loaded situation in the seventh inning, Game 2 might have turned out different.
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 11, 2014
There is only one hook left for the Orioles to hang their World Series hopes on, and it certainly isn't history. They have dug themselves a hole in the American League Championship Series that no team has ever climbed out of, so they'll have to dig deep into their own team chemistry to pull out this best-of-seven playoff after losing the first two games at home. The Orioles have been known for their resiliency throughout the Buck Showalter era. They have bounced back from all manner of adversity, especially during this unlikely AL East championship season, and they will have to do that over the next several days in Kansas City just to force the series back to Camden Yards.
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Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
We're back at Connolly's, where we're gonna start pricing our rail drinks based on how many points the suddenly, high-powered Ravens offense scores weekly. I'm kidding about that - I'm gouging you people with ridiculous prices, because you can't stay away from the witty banter - and I'm not turning to football yet. The bartending crew - Pete Schmuck is really just a keg lifter, but we try to include him - is all in Kansas City. We're chewing on barbecue and the idea of the Orioles' season ending in Kauffman Stadium.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The Orioles head to Kansas City down two games in the American League Championship Series as play shifts to Kauffman Stadium for the next three matchups with the Royals. They're facing unprecedented odds. Since the LCS round went to a best-of-seven format in 1985, no team has lost the first two games of the series and came back to win. It's a tough mountain to climb in the flat Midwest, especially against a Royals team that has seen everything go its way and has won all six of its postseason games this year.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Cal Ripken Jr. remembers well the pleasures of playing in Kansas City the last time the Royals were contenders - the smart, respectful fans who adored their team but would also applaud an opponent's standout catch. "Playing in Kansas City was a lot like playing in Baltimore," the Orioles great said Thursday as his former club prepared to play the Royals in the American League Championship Series. It's hard to imagine two franchises or two fan bases better equipped to understand one another's journeys.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Suspended first baseman Chris Davis took batting practice with the Orioles at Camden Yards on Thursday, a day ahead of the American League Championship Series opener against the Kansas City Royals. But Davis, who has five games remaining on a 25-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy, will not be added to the ALCS roster, manager Buck Showalter said Thursday. In order to include Davis on the roster, the Orioles would have had to play shorthanded until the suspension ends.
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