The American League East champion Tampa Bay Rays are headed to the World Series. They won the first three games of the AL Championship Series against Houston, but then lost the next three.
But behind right-hander Charlie Morton, they won 4-2 in Game 7 last night to head to the World Series for the second time in team history. In 2008, they lost, four games to one, to Philadelphia. Now they will chase their first title against the winner of tonight's National League Championship Series Game 7...
The Astros beat the Athletics 11-6 on Thursday in Game 4 of the American League Division Series, punching their ticket to a fourth consecutive AL Championship Series.
And it brings Dusty Baker a step closer to a championship he has been eyeing for more than two decades as a manager.
Baker has 1,862 career victories, 15th on the all-time list. He has been named Manager of the Year three times and won seven division titles. But the 70-year-old is searching for his first World Series title, the...
After watching Division Series in an age of reinventing pitching order, one thing is clear: The four teams remaining in the postseason have plenty of starters.
Is it any surprise that Boston, Houston, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee are playing for league championships?
So maybe there will be more talk about starters going seven innings instead of how a manager will use seven pitchers to get through nine innings.
The defending World Series champion Astros have Justin Verlander (2.52 ERA...
In search of their first World Series title since 1985, the Kansas City Royals are now one win away from a return to the Fall Classic. They take a 3-1 lead into Game 5 today of the American League Championship Series at Toronto's Rogers Centre.
Kansas City has been bashing the baseball and posted a 14-2 win yesterday over Toronto. The top three in their order - Alcides Escobar, Ben Zobrist and Lorenzo Cain - went a combined 6-for-11 with a homer, four runs and nine RBIs. K.C. went 8-for-11...
The Kansas City Royals will take aim at their second consecutive American League pennant when they play the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League Championship Series.
The last time the Royals were in the World Series was in 1985, the year they beat the Blue Jays in the ALCS. That series was the first of baseball's expanded series format, going from the five- to the seven-game format.
Under the old rules, used from 1969 through 1984, the Blue Jays would have won the title. They won three of...
How could I possibly be disappointed in the Orioles' season? Ninety-six regular season wins, an American League East title for the first time since 1997 and a trip to the American League Championship Series. Oh, and the Orioles accomplished all of those feats without Matt Wieters, Manny Machado and even Chris Davis at the end of the season. If you told me way back when pitchers and catchers reported on Feb. 13 that the O's year would run through mid-October, I would have been thrilled. I...
KANSAS CITY - The Orioles' first batter yesterday hit a groundball up the middle and Kansas City second baseman Omar Infante made a nice play, ranging to his right.
The Royals' first batter hit one up the middle. It went for an infield single and Kansas City scored two runs without hitting the ball out of the infield.
That is how the series went for the Orioles. I agree with the players that said it wasn't something the O's didn't do as much as what K.C. did.
The Royals' defense and...
KANSAS CITY - This should be my last dateline for a while. Maybe until the Winter Meetings in San Diego. But there's plenty of time for me to whine and complain about that putrid assignment.
I'm still plotting ways to avoid it despite the wonderful location. Faking my own death never works. The folks at MASN and MASNsports.com are too wise.
So who are you rooting for in the World Series? Does it matter which team represents the National League?
I had every intention of pulling for the Royals,...
KANSAS CITY - Here are more comments from the quiet Orioles clubhouse after today's 2-1 loss that sends the Royals to the World Series and ends the O's 2014 season.
Nick Markakis on this year: "We had a great season. We just fell short of where we wanted to go. Doesn't take anything away of what we did all season. We did what we were supposed to do, just came up short a little bit.
"They made great plays when they needed them. They kept us out of big innings. Pitching and defense, they...
KANSAS CITY - It's never easy to say goodbye. To teammates, coaches and especially a season.
Players hugged each other in the Orioles clubhouse following a 2-1 loss in Game 4 that completed the Royals' sweep of the American League Championship Series. Pitching coach Dave Wallace made sure to approach everyone on his staff, shaking hands and embracing guys who needed it. Executive vice president Dan Duquette also worked the room, approaching every player at his locker.
KANSAS CITY - In Game 4 of the American League Championship Series, the Orioles gave up just two runs in their loss to the Royals. Both scored on a play at the plate in the last of the first inning.
With runners on second and third and one out, Eric Hosmer hit a grounder to first and Steve Pearce threw home in time to get an out, but the ball got away from catcher Caleb Joseph as two runs scored.
The Royals went on to win 2-1 to sweep the ALCS and end the Orioles' season.
"I had to make a...
KANSAS CITY - The clock kept ticking, except innings passed instead of minutes.
The Orioles were down by a run in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series. The Royals' dominate late-inning relief cast a larger shadow than the one that crept across the infield.
The Orioles had to take the lead or risk being swept. They knew it. Everyone in the ballpark knew it.
They just couldn't do it.
The 2014 season ended for the Orioles with the Royals creating a dogpile in the infield...
KANSAS CITY - In the end, each game was close, but the series was not.
Winning a fourth straight game by two runs or fewer, the Kansas City Royals beat the Orioles 2-1 this afternoon to complete a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series.
The O's season ends as they were held to two runs on seven hits in the last two games.
This is the first time the Orioles were ever swept in a postseason series.
A costly error in the first inning gave K.C. an early lead and its...
KANSAS CITY - The Orioles are 0-for-12 in the first inning in the American League Championship Series. So much for jumping on the opposing pitcher early.
The Royals had much greater success today in Game 4, scoring twice off Miguel Gonzalez to take a 2-0 lead.
They made two nice defensive plays in the top half of the inning and leadoff hitter Alcides Escobar reached on an infield hit. Same script, different day.
Gonzalez drilled Nori Aoki on the side of the right knee, causing some Royals to...
KANSAS CITY - With their season one loss away from ending, the Orioles play at Kansas City this afternoon in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
The Royals have posted wins by 8-6 in 10 innings, by 6-4 and by 2-1 last night to move to within one win of their first World Series since winning it all in 1985.
On the mound today, Miguel Gonzalez (10-9, 3.23 ERA) makes his first start of this postseason for the Orioles and opposes left-hander Jason Vargas (11-10, 3.71...
KANSAS CITY - Orioles manager Buck Showalter couldn't believe that Jeremy Guthrie's T-shirt and Jarrod Dyson's latest jabs at his club were going to be the major topics of conversation before Game 4 of the American League Championship Series.
May as well have a little fun with it.
In case you've been under a rock, Guthrie wore a T-shirt last night that read "These O's Ain't Royal," a play on the lyrics to a Chris Brown song that aren't suitable for print. He later apologized on...
KANSAS CITY - One bright spot emerging from these playoffs for the Orioles is the pitching of right-hander Kevin Gausman, who is finishing up his rookie year.
The kid has done a good job in three postseason outings. Over eight innings, he has allowed four hits and one run with two walks and seven strikeouts. He has a postseason ERA of 1.13 while the O's team ERA is 4.33 through six games.
Gausman pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series and was...
KANSAS CITY - It is not often that a player during a series as important as the American League Championship Series asks to come to the interview room, but former Oriole Jeremy Guthrie did that here today.
He apologized for wearing a shirt last night that said "These O's Ain't Royal." It is clear that the shirt stirred up a firestorm on social media circles and Guthrie has gotten plenty of criticism, some of which even apparently came from the Orioles clubhouse.
During a 90-second opening...
KANSAS CITY - Good morning from a very sunny Kauffman Stadium. Olivia and Lindsay here with you for this win-or-go-home Game 4.
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KANSAS CITY - Delmon Young is getting his second postseason start today for the Orioles as they attempt to avoid a sweep in the American League Championship Series.
Young is serving as the designated hitter against Royals Game 4 starter Jason Vargas. He also started Game 3 of the Division Series against the Tigers.
Nelson Cruz moves to left field. Ryan Flaherty remains the third baseman instead of switch-hitting Jimmy Paredes. Caleb Joseph is catching and batting seventh.