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By Sam Mellinger and The Kansas City Star | October 6, 2014
KANSAS CITY -- By now, you have probably heard about Eric Hosmer and a bunch of his teammates using social media to invite friends to a bar downtown. You probably heard about the champagne being sprayed and that Hosmer -- how cool is this ? -- bought drinks for everyone there. But in the middle of that epic party after making the American League Championship Series, there was something else that tells a small but awesome story about a team and a town. The Royals star grabbed a bottle of champagne and handed it to a new friend of his, a salesman for a construction company.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Orioles closer Zach Britton prefers to pitch to contact, keep the ball on the ground with his heavy sinker and allow his defense to work behind him. But with the way the Kansas City Royals were getting on base - with dinks and bloops and swinging bunts - Britton could only shake his head after the Royals scored two runs in his decisive ninth-inning appearance. Britton was making good pitches, and drawing weak contact, but the Royals still were rounding the bases. Their 6-4 win in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series put the Orioles in an 0-2 hole in the best-of-seven series.
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By Sam Mellinger and The Kansas City Star | October 9, 2014
Those are the Royals over there in front of all the cameras. That's Eric Hosmer on the cover of Sports Illustrated. That's him and his teammates making the funnest kind of off-the-field news by dropping around $15,000 on a bar tab to say thank you to fans. That's James Shields starting for the third time in five playoff games for a franchise writing a brilliant, welcome and enthralling new history. And that's George Brett, off to the side - always off to the side now - thankful for it all and saying something that may surprise you. “I'm tired of talking about 1985, I really am,” he says.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
National anthem: Citizen Cope, a Washington-based singer and musician once dubbed "Washington's most soulful export since Marvin Gaye" gives a slowful rendition. Unlike most anthem singles who join fans in Maryland for their "O" moment, Cope waits until they're done to finish. First pitch ceremony: Scott McGregor, whose shutout to clinch the 1983 World Series in five games over the Philadelphia Phillies marked the last time the Orioles won it all, certainly does better than Boog Powell did with similar duties before Game 1 on Friday.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Orioles closer Zach Britton prefers to pitch to contact, keep the ball on the ground with his heavy sinker and allow his defense to work behind him. But with the way the Kansas City Royals were getting on base - with dinks and bloops and swinging bunts - Britton could only shake his head after the Royals scored two runs in his decisive ninth-inning appearance. Britton was making good pitches, and drawing weak contact, but the Royals still were rounding the bases. Their 6-4 win in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series put the Orioles in an 0-2 hole in the best-of-seven series.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
National anthem: Citizen Cope, a Washington-based singer and musician once dubbed "Washington's most soulful export since Marvin Gaye" gives a slowful rendition. Unlike most anthem singles who join fans in Maryland for their "O" moment, Cope waits until they're done to finish. First pitch ceremony: Scott McGregor, whose shutout to clinch the 1983 World Series in five games over the Philadelphia Phillies marked the last time the Orioles won it all, certainly does better than Boog Powell did with similar duties before Game 1 on Friday.
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By Pat Stoetzer and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 8, 2014
He grew up not far from Baltimore, wore No. 8 in Little League to emulate Cal Ripken Jr. , and has many fond memories of his days as a die-hard Orioles fan. But if Scott Sharp makes it to Camden Yards for the American League Championship Series, he won't be wearing a speck of orange or black. Those colors faded long ago for the Sykesville native. Sharp, 41, is the Kansas City Royals' director of player development, and he's quite happy to be sporting royal blue these days as his team prepares to face the Orioles in the ALCS.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2012
The hit that turned the tables on the Orioles on Saturday evening was one that reliever Darren O'Day had never seen in his two-decade-long baseball career. It opened the door for a young Kansas City Royals team that needed just that opportunity against an Orioles team it couldn't beat in three previous meetings this season, each decided by two runs or fewer. With the Royals trailing by a run in the seventh inning, first baseman Eric Hosmer's leadoff slow roller off O'Day teetered along the third base line in front of the bag, between O'Day and third baseman Wilson Betemit, who were looming over it waiting for the ball to turn foul.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When the Orioles scraped across a run in the eighth inning to take a two-run lead on the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night, it seemed like it would be enough to ensure a win, especially given the way left-hander Wei-Yin Chen was pitching.   They were just five outs away from gaining a game on the Boston Red Sox and pulling within 2 ½ games of the American League East lead, but the Orioles saw their lead quickly disappear into the Kansas City night. And not much later, they watched the Royals storm out of the dugout at Kauffman Stadium to celebrate a 4-3 walk-off win in front of an announced crowd of 17,410.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | March 10, 2013
Adam Jones drove in three runs - including a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth inning - as the U.S. beat Canada, 9-4, Sunday to advance to the World Baseball Classic's second round. The U.S. was trailing 3-2 and five outs from elimination when the Orioles' center fielder lined a double into the gap in left-center against Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Jimmy Henderson . Jones then scored on a single by Shane Victorino , and Eric Hosmer added a three-run double in the ninth.
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By Sam Mellinger and The Kansas City Star | October 9, 2014
Those are the Royals over there in front of all the cameras. That's Eric Hosmer on the cover of Sports Illustrated. That's him and his teammates making the funnest kind of off-the-field news by dropping around $15,000 on a bar tab to say thank you to fans. That's James Shields starting for the third time in five playoff games for a franchise writing a brilliant, welcome and enthralling new history. And that's George Brett, off to the side - always off to the side now - thankful for it all and saying something that may surprise you. “I'm tired of talking about 1985, I really am,” he says.
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By Pat Stoetzer and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 8, 2014
He grew up not far from Baltimore, wore No. 8 in Little League to emulate Cal Ripken Jr. , and has many fond memories of his days as a die-hard Orioles fan. But if Scott Sharp makes it to Camden Yards for the American League Championship Series, he won't be wearing a speck of orange or black. Those colors faded long ago for the Sykesville native. Sharp, 41, is the Kansas City Royals' director of player development, and he's quite happy to be sporting royal blue these days as his team prepares to face the Orioles in the ALCS.
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By Sam Mellinger and The Kansas City Star | October 6, 2014
KANSAS CITY -- By now, you have probably heard about Eric Hosmer and a bunch of his teammates using social media to invite friends to a bar downtown. You probably heard about the champagne being sprayed and that Hosmer -- how cool is this ? -- bought drinks for everyone there. But in the middle of that epic party after making the American League Championship Series, there was something else that tells a small but awesome story about a team and a town. The Royals star grabbed a bottle of champagne and handed it to a new friend of his, a salesman for a construction company.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - When the Orioles scraped across a run in the eighth inning to take a two-run lead on the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday night, it seemed like it would be enough to ensure a win, especially given the way left-hander Wei-Yin Chen was pitching.   They were just five outs away from gaining a game on the Boston Red Sox and pulling within 2 ½ games of the American League East lead, but the Orioles saw their lead quickly disappear into the Kansas City night. And not much later, they watched the Royals storm out of the dugout at Kauffman Stadium to celebrate a 4-3 walk-off win in front of an announced crowd of 17,410.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | May 26, 2012
The hit that turned the tables on the Orioles on Saturday evening was one that reliever Darren O'Day had never seen in his two-decade-long baseball career. It opened the door for a young Kansas City Royals team that needed just that opportunity against an Orioles team it couldn't beat in three previous meetings this season, each decided by two runs or fewer. With the Royals trailing by a run in the seventh inning, first baseman Eric Hosmer's leadoff slow roller off O'Day teetered along the third base line in front of the bag, between O'Day and third baseman Wilson Betemit, who were looming over it waiting for the ball to turn foul.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2012
The Orioles are here at Kauffman Stadium to open this quick two-game series against the Royals, but as of the beginning of batting practice today, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was not. As of 5:40 local time, when the Orioles were taking batting practice, Showalter was not here. He's handling an undisclosed personal matter, a team spokesman said.  Showalter did arrive in Kansas City with the team and bench coach John Russell, who said he was in touch with Showalter about today's lineup, said Showalter is expected to arrive by first pitch.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2013
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Henry Urrutia will make his second major league start tonight, hitting eighth as the Orioles' designated hitter against the Kansas City Royals. Both of the left-handed Urrutia's starts have come against right-handed starters. Right-hander Wade Davis is pitching for the Royals tonight. Orioles manager Buck Showalter said this weekend that Urrutia showed in the minors that he can hit left-handed pitching. His first big-league hit -- a bases-loaded RBI single in Saturday's 7-4 win over Texas -- came against left-handed reliever Joseph Ortiz.
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