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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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By Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 7, 2014
"What's Kansas City got on us?" sings Lauren A. Hall in a video of her Orioles-themed cover of Lorde's song "Royals. " The 26-year-old baseball fan uploaded the clip, which you can watch above, to YouTube on Tuesday. Hall wrote the lyrics after the Orioles' sweep of the Tigers, she said in an email. The Charles Village resident is a research analyst at the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore. She said she became an O's fan in high school, and has "been hooked ever since.
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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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By Connor Letourneau and The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
The Orioles' 7-3 loss to the Kansas City Royalson Saturday night was a necessary reminder of why the franchise hasn't made the playoffs in 15 years: It drops games it should win. The O's are 61-53. They're just a half game behind Tampa Bay and Oakland for a wild-card spot with 48 games remaining. Yet just like they've done so many times in the past, they continue to shoot themselves in the foot. The Royals have the third-worst record in the American League and none of their starters have an ERA below 4.3. The O's, meanwhile, entered Thursday's series opener on a tear.
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By Phil Rogers | May 15, 2011
How wide open has the American League Central become? The Royals' building plan, designed to make them contenders in 2012 and a playoff team by '13 or '14, was pushed forward after the White Sox, Twins and Tigers opened the season a combined 37-56. That was their combined record on May 5, when Royals general manager Dayton Moore picked up the phone to tell owner David Glass he was going for it. Moore decided it was time to bring first baseman Eric Hosmer to the big leagues — a move that could wind up costing Glass $10 million to $15 million for one month.
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By Phil Rogers | May 8, 2011
With the Royals' promotion of first baseman Eric Hosmer this soon, he'll probably earn arbitration eligibility after 2013. The Royals hadn't planned to do it, but the slow starts of the White Sox, Twins and Tigers have encouraged them so much they feel they can contend this season. … Derek Jeter says he was thinking too much earlier in the season. Scouts say he hasn't quite seemed himself since the offseason contract battle with the Yankees. His slow start would be a bigger issue if five of Joe Girardi's regulars weren't hovering around .900 or better in OPS. … General manager Sandy Alderson says the Mets hope to keep Jose Reyes off the free-agent market, but other teams expect the Mets to trade him at midseason if they haven't signed him to an extension.
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By Blair Kerkhoff and The Kansas City Star | October 8, 2014
Before he brushes his teeth in the morning these days, Royals manager Ned Yost reminds himself of one thing. “Before I even get out of bed, I tell myself, 'Let's have fun today,'” Yost said. “Remember where you're at and let's have fun.” These are the best of times for Yost, in his fifth season in the Royals' dugout. He's the first manager to lead the franchise the postseason since Dick Howser and the 1985 World Series championship team. Yost owns his share of rings as a member of the Atlanta Braves' staffs from 1991 through 2002, but his first managerial tenure in Milwaukee ended two weeks before the end of the 2008 regular season with the Brewers losing ground in the playoff chase.
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June 21, 2006
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- David DeJesus and John Buck drove in two runs apiece and Kansas City erased an early four-run deficit in an interleague clash between the two worst teams in the majors. The two starters, Mark Redman (4-4) and Kip Wells, were a combined 13-33 last year for the Pirates. Wells lasted 3 1/3 innings in his first start since undergoing surgery in March for a blocked artery.
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By Everett Cook, The Baltimore Sun | August 12, 2012
Even though he didn't get the win or even a quality start Sunday, pitcher Tommy Hunter kept the Orioles in the game en route to a 5-3 win over Kansas City. He had a high pitch count early, but finished out the 5th inning - and his start - at 97 pitches, exiting with the score tied at 3. "Tommy bent but didn't break," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "It wasn't one of his sharper outings, but he gave us a chance to win, didn't let it get away from him. " When Hunter has struggled this season, it has mostly stemmed from the home run ball.
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Scott Dance and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Heavy rain forecast through the night in Kansas City prompted Major League Baseball to postpone American League Championship Series Game 3 between the Orioles and Royals in Kansas City. Nearly three-quarters of an inch of rain had fallen there as of 3 p.m. central time, and as much as another half inch of rain is possible through Monday night, according to the  National Weather Service 's Kansas City forecast office. Game 3 is now set for 8 p.m. Tuesday, with Game 4 at 4 p.m. Wednesday and Game 5, if necessary, at 4 p.m. Thursday.
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By Sam Mellinger and The Kansas City Star | October 12, 2014
They talk about the trade every day. The Royals' success is introducing them to a new and much bigger audience, so there are a hundred stories being retold to people who never paid much attention before. That means Alex Gordon's bumpy road to stardom. Salvador Perez's emergence as the American League's premier catcher. Yordano Ventura and his 102 mph fastball. And, every day, questions about the trade. It is talked about enough that we should probably call it The Trade, capital letters, and the impact of acquiring James Shields and Wade Davis is obvious to anyone who watches this team.
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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 Sam Mellinger and The Kansas City Star | October 12, 2014
They talk about the trade every day. The Royals' success is introducing them to a new and much bigger audience, so there are a hundred stories being retold to people who never paid much attention before. That means Alex Gordon's bumpy road to stardom. Salvador Perez's emergence as the American League's premier catcher. Yordano Ventura and his 102 mph fastball. And, every day, questions about the trade. It is talked about enough that we should probably call it The Trade, capital letters, and the impact of acquiring James Shields and Wade Davis is obvious to anyone who watches this team.
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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 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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