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By Vahe Gregorian and The Kansas City Star | October 12, 2014
As he pondered the notion that the Orioles had yet to lead a game as they drifted behind the Royals 2-0 in the American League Championship Series, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter stressed Saturday what it had taken just to tie each game. “Sometimes you spend so much energy and concentration trying to get back to that point, it's hard to take that next step,” he said. “But I think about a hundred percent of that is what they're doing, not what we're not doing.” That's exactly the point, maybe more so than Showalter meant even as he aptly spoke to the state of the series entering game three Monday night at Kauffman Stadium … weather willing.
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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 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 Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
Kansas City Royals right-hander Jeremy Guthrie will start a postseason game for the first time in his 10-year career when he faces the Orioles, his old team, on Monday night at Kauffman Stadium. What could help Guthrie is the familiarity he has with some of his former teammates in the four starts he has made since being traded three years ago, along with the success he has pitching against two of the Orioles' best hitters, Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz. Jones has just one hit in 12 at-bats against Guthrie in his career, while Cruz is 6-for-24 with one extra-base hit. Calling the opportunity “very serendipitous,” Guthrie said before Game 2 on Saturday that his knowledge in playing with and pitching against several of those he will face in Game 3 could be to his advantage.
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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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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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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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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2014
With two passionate fist pumps Saturday evening, Kansas City Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain punctuated an evening when he swung nearly every big moment in a tense 4-hour, 17-minute game in his team's direction. The first celebration came after his final running catch of the night kept the game tied. The second, two innings later, came after his fourth hit of the night helped ensure his Royals would head back to Kansas City with a 6-4 win and a two-game lead in the American League Championship Series.
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