If someone told me six months ago that the two teams competing for the American League championship would be the Orioles and Royals, I'd probably have told them they were dreaming. Back in March, I would have argued that while each team was capable of competing with the best, a lot of things would need to fall into line for the two to outlast powerful American League rivals such the Tigers, Athletics, Angels and the defending world champion Red Sox.
Just as the Orioles did to the Tigers, the...
Now that Nelson Cruz is done hammering Tigers pitching in the 2014 playoffs, he can take aim at the Royals, who don't have three former Cy Young Award winners.
It didn't seem to matter in the American League Division Series, when the Royals posted a 1.74 ERA while sweeping the Angels.
Cruz has hit eight of his 16 career postseason home runs against the Tigers. Overall, he's a lifetime .297/.349/.710 hitter in 37 playoff games, with nine doubles and 32 RBIs. He went 6-for-12 with two homers,...
The Orioles are working out today at Camden Yards. The session is closed to the public.
The media qualifies as public, so we won't be there.
I've been asked about the rotation and 25-man roster for the American League Championship Series. Did we learn nothing from the Division Series? Manager Buck Showalter isn't going to show his hand this early.
Chris Tillman seems a lock to pitch Game 1 on Friday. I've had fans float Miguel Gonzalez's name, since he didn't pitch in the ALDS and he...
Major League Baseball has announced the starting times for the first two games of the American League Championship Series at Camden Yards, and the Orioles will be subjected to another day game.
Not that the earlier hours were an issue in the Division Series.
Game 1 between the Orioles and Royals is scheduled for Friday at 8:07 p.m. Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday at 4:07 p.m., followed by Game 1 of the NLCS at 8:07 p.m.
Times for the rest of the series, which moves to Kansas City on Monday,...
They came ready to cheer. They came wearing orange. They came waving orange towels and they came to welcome their Orioles home a day after they defeated the Detroit Tigers in a three-game sweep of the American League Division Series.
Several hundred fans lined the walkway to home plate plaza at Camden Yards today as the Orioles arrived home from Detroit.
Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette high-fived fans after getting off the team bus and several players did as...
When the Orioles open the American League Championship Series Friday night at home versus the Kansas City Royals, both teams will have the underdog mentality that will make them each a version of "America's Team."
Each is in need of a title. The Orioles last won the World Series in 1983, the Royals in 1985. But at least the Orioles have been to the postseason since 1983, playing in October in 1996, 1997 and 2012.
The Royals beat St. Louis in the 1985 World Series. Since then, they've had...
DETROIT - May as well sip mimosas this morning with the leftovers. There's plenty of champagne left.
In case you missed my update late last night, the Orioles have home-field advantage through the rest of the postseason after the Royals swept the Angels in the American League Division Series.
Orioles and Royals in the Championship Series. How many experts picked that one?
Game 1 of the ALCS is scheduled for Friday at Camden Yards, followed by Game 2 on Saturday. The Royals will host Games...
So now we get ready for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. The Orioles will host the Kansas City Royals in the first two games on Friday and Saturday at Camden Yards.
Both teams completed three-game sweeps yesterday against teams with bigger payrolls and bigger names. But Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout and their teams are done now.
During the regular season, the Royals took four of seven from the Orioles, outscoring them 26-18. But these teams have not met since May 18. Kansas...
In his first career postseason start, Orioles right-hander Bud Norris was sensational.
He matched 2012 Cy Young Award winner David Price pitch for pitch and his offense finally got him the lead.
Norris pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings and Nelson Cruz hit a two-run homer as the Orioles beat Detroit 2-1 to complete a three-game sweep of their American League Division Series.
The win sends the Orioles to the AL Championship Series for the first time since 1997. They await the winner of the...
DETROIT - Right-hander Bud Norris is now listed as the Orioles' starter for Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Sunday at Comerica Park.
Manager Buck Showalter indicated yesterday that Miguel Gonzalez would start the contest while Norris would be in the bullpen and was likely to start Game 4 on Monday, if needed.
Gonalez said he was told Friday that he would start Game 4 if the O's don't clinch with Norris starting Game 3.
Norris and Showalter will meet with reporters this...
You may have heard the joke going around baseball. Now that some postseason calls have gone against the Yankees, Major League Baseball will finally get around to expanding its replay system.
Some joked it could be changed before the end of the current American League Championship Series. Can't have the Bronx Bombers getting hosed.
After Sunday night's game, umpire Jeff Nelson admitted he incorrectly called Detroit's Omar Infante safe on a tag play at second base where the replays clearly...