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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 Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Even if the Orioles end up losing to the Kansas City Royals in the American League Championship Series this week, there's a sense that the experience itself will help the club going forward - especially for the younger players who didn't participate in the 2012 postseason. "It's huge, especially because I hope we are back here next year and the near future, and hopefully I am starting one of these games," rookie right-hander Kevin Gausman said. "Any time you have success in the postseason, it definitely helps, not only yourself but your confidence level and also says a lot about your career.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
The Orioles have posted their lineup for Friday night's game against the Kansas City Royals, and it looks pretty familiar. No real flips or switches here. David Lough is batting ninth after a great game Thursday in Toronto. Ryan Flaherty is batting seventh and playing third base while Jonathan Schoop is batting eighth and playing second. Nelson Cruz is batting second again. The lineup: RF: Nick Markakis DH: Nelson Cruz DH 1B: Chris Davis CF: Adam Jones C: Matt Wieters SS: J.J. Hardy 3B: Ryan Flaherty 2B: Jonathan Schoop LF: David Lough P: Ubaldo Jimenez
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Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Orioles will have to wait another day to attempt to cut into the Kansas City Royals' 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series. Rain fell at Kauffman Stadium throughout the day Monday, and the Orioles were going through their usual gameday preparations when Major League Baseball announced around 4:30 p.m. ET that Game 3 would be postponed until Tuesday. Games 4 and 5 also will move back a day, eliminating Thursday's scheduled day off. Peter Woodfork, MLB's senior vice president of baseball operations, said more than an inch of rain had fallen at the time of the postponement, with the forecast calling for storms to continue throughout the night.
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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 Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
Wednesday night's win over the Kansas City Royals didn't follow any sort of traditional script, but the result remained a familiar one for these surging Orioles. They managed just five hits but took advantage of three Kansas City errors in the fifth inning en route to a 5-3 win before an announced 12,344 at Camden Yards. It was the Orioles' fourth straight victory and the third straight game they won despite being being out-hit by their opponent. Using stingy defense, clutch late-inning pitching and opportunistic baserunning, the Orioles (21-13)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 8, 2013
When Jeremy Guthrie came to Baltimore as a member of the Kansas City Royals last August it wasn't his turn to pitch. So he watched four games, signed autographs and soaked in the atmosphere from the visiting side. On Thursday night, the right-hander is scheduled to take the mound at Camden Yards and face the Orioles for the first time in his career after spending five seasons in orange and black. “It's great -- fond memories, great coming back to the fans,” said Guthrie, who was 47-65 with a 4.12 ERA in 161 games with the Orioles from 2007 to 2011.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | May 18, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The first seven weeks of the Orioles' season has been defined, maybe more than anything, by the club's inability to get on a roll offensively and on the mound simultaneously. This weekend at Kauffman Stadium was Exhibit A for that frustration. The Orioles won the first two games Thursday and Friday by holding the Kansas City Royals to just one run in two games. But instead of sweeping the four-game series or at least winning three, the Orioles were nearly no-hit Saturday and then couldn't hold an early lead or mount enough of a comeback Sunday as the Royals won, 8-6, to secure a split.
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By Phil Rogers | July 25, 2010
Teams can get burned hanging onto expendable veterans too long. The Royals likely lost David DeJesus (above) for the season with a torn ligament in his thumb when he crashed into the wall at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, and saw Jose Guillen hurt his value when he cost the Royals a run by not hustling in the same game. The Giants were scouting Guillen when he failed to get across the plate from second before Wilson Betemit was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double.
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May 29, 1994
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Peter Schmuck and The Schmuck Stops Here | October 13, 2014
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Don't let all the predictable denials fool you. The steady rain that postponed Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was just what the doctor ordered for an Orioles team that could use a little celestial intervention to cool off the sizzling Kansas City Royals. Who cares if it was a doctor of meteorology? The Royals have won six straight postseason games and seven straight overall dating back to the last day of the regular season, so anything that interrupts their biorhythms should be more than OK with the Orioles.
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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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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2014
The Kansas City Royals had 13 hits in their 6-4 victory over the Orioles in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series at Camden Yards on Saturday. Except for a fourth-inning solo home run by Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas -- his fourth of the postseason and his second against the Orioles -- none of the hits traveled more than 300 feet. While the collection of broken-bat bloop doubles, seeing-eye singles and at least one crucial swinging roller by second baseman Omar Infante to start Kansas City's two-run rally in the ninth inning caused many Orioles fans to grumble about their team's bad luck, Royals manager Ned Yost called it “good hitting.” Yost wouldn't apologize for the way his team manufactured its runs Saturday compared to the three home runs the Royals hit in Game 1, including two in the decisive 10th inning of the 8-6 victory.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Right-hander Darren O'Day has been one of the Orioles' most dependable late-inning relief pitchers this season. And even though he has struggled recently, manager Buck Showalter said before Saturday's game that he wasn't worried about how O'Day would rebound after allowing a 10th-inning home run Friday in the Orioles' 8-6 loss to the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. O'Day received his next chance Saturday in Game 2, entering with two outs in the eighth.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones admitted before Saturday's Game 2 of the American League Championship Series that he might need to be a little more patient at the plate for his team to get back into the series against the Kansas City Royals. Jones doesn't make any apologies for his aggressiveness at the plate, but he noted that the playoffs offer a different game, inherently smaller strike zones and more opportunity for batters to wait on their pitch to hit. And Jones has struggled in the postseason, entering the day just 5-for-42 with 11 strikeouts in 10 career playoff games.
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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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July 20, 2000
Quote: "It's great if we get those two back healthy, but who is to say that will happen." - Cleveland Indians manager Charlie Manuel on the rehabilitation of starting pitchers Jaret Wright and Charles Nagy . It's a fact: The Kansas City Royals have struck out only 474 times, the fewest in the majors. Who's hot: Detroit Tigers second baseman Damion Easley has an errorless streak of 99 games, a club record. Who's not: The Kansas City Royals have only won one of their last 10 series. On deck: David Wells will go for his major-league leading 16th victory the Blue Jays host the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.
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June 21, 1996
Opponent: Kansas City RoyalsSite: Oriole ParkTime: 7: 35 p.m.TV/Radio: Chs. 13, 50/WBAL (1090 AM)Starters: Royals' Chris Haney (4-5, 4.23) vs. Orioles' Rocky Coppinger (2-0, 6.55)Tickets: 250 remain.Pub Date: 6/21/96
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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 Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
As the bliss slowly ebbed out of Camden Yards on Saturday, the victim of another grinding effort by the unsinkable Kansas City Royals, a new reality set in for Orioles fans. Their team, so good for so many months, suddenly faces terribly long odds in this American League Championship Series. In fact, the Orioles might have played their last game in Baltimore this year. They'll have to win two of three in Kansas City just to make another date with the home crowd. As the announced sellout crowd of 46,912 filed out after a 6-4 loss, dreams of the World Series - so vibrant just 24 hours earlier - seemed far, far removed.
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