KANSAS CITY - Kansas City manager Ned Yost was asked about Jarrod Dyson's comments at his press confernce today.
It's the American League Championship Series story that won't die. Dyson said he was confident the series would not return to Baltimore and that the Orioles players may feel the same.
Yost was asked if he shares that confidence.
"I look to win tomorrow," he said. "My focus has never gone past the next day. I know that is an outstanding baseball team in the other locker room....
KANSAS CITY - It's raining harder at Kauffman Stadium than a few hours ago. Major League Baseball made the right decision to postpone Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed that Wei-Yin Chen remains the Game 3 starter on Tuesday night. He didn't commit to a Game 4 starter, saying Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman are options.
Gonzalez hasn't pitched since the final regular season game in Toronto, unless you count a simulated game at...
KANSAS CITY - The consensus of the Orioles players interviewed today after the announcement that Game 3 of the American League Champions Series was rained out is that it doesn't change much. They just have to wait another day to try and get in the win column in this series.
But O's closer Zach Britton said it could help the bullpen pitchers that worked in both of the first two games.
"Physically it's not bad to have another day, but mentally we want to get back out there and play,"...
KANSAS CITY - Game 3 of the American League Championship Series has been postponed due to rain and rescheduled for 8:07 p.m. on Tuesday.
Game 4 has been moved to 4:07 p.m. on Wednesday, with Game 5 (if needed) at 4:07 p.m. on Thursday. No workout day on Thursday at Camden Yards.
The Royals currently hold a 2-0 lead in games.
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen eventually will make his third career postseason start, tying Chien-Ming Wang for the most playoff starts by a Taiwanese-born pitcher in...
KANSAS CITY - Rain, rain, go away! It's raining here, which seems to be sort of a theme during this American League Championship Series.
The chance of rain during the start time tonight is 100 percent, but we'll see if we can get in Game 3 tonight. (So you're saying there's a chance...)
The rain, clouds and gloominess in Kansas City today. pic.twitter.com/RDRMPTh8Ay— Steve Melewski (@masnSteve) October 13, 2014
Regardless of whether or not the teams make it to the field today,...
The Orioles bullpen has allowed five runs and nine hits over 10 1/3 innings of the American League Championship Series for an ERA of 4.36. The O's 'pen pitchers have seven walks and 10 strikeouts.
Darren O'Day has taken the loss in each of the first two games after losing twice in 68 regular-season appearances. O'Day and Brian Matusz gave up homers in the 10th inning of Game 1.
The Orioles bullpen has not pitched to the level fans are used to over the first two games.
Adam Jones was asked...
KANSAS CITY - You want a weather update? It's still raining in Kansas City. Kaufmann Stadium is a wading pool.
The forecast still calls for a 100 percent chance of rain through the night. I can't imagine Game 3 of the American League Championship Series being played tonight, but stranger things have happened.
I'm compiling my list.
The decision rests with Major League Baseball, not the teams or local meteorologists.
I won't speculate on the rotation until Game 3 is postponed and reporters...
While the doom and gloom set in, and the dirt continues to be piled on the Orioles as the American League Championship Series shifts to Kansas City, a lot of reason and sense goes out the window. The chances of the O's coming from behind to advance to the World Series for the first time since 1983 have dropped drastically since the start of the ALCS. Those are just the numbers; it's simple probability and statistics of prior history. I'm not going to sit here and pretend I think the Orioles...
After watching the Kansas City Royals take a 2-0 lead in the American League Championship Series, there's one question that's gone unanswered: How did this team go 6-13 versus Detroit and lose the American League Central?
"We're playing our best baseball,'' Royals manager Ned Yost says.
The Orioles know.
The Royals, who have won six consecutive postseason games, will try to move a win closer to win the American League pennant when they host Game 3 of the American League Championship...
KANSAS CITY - The Orioles need to win two of the next three games in the American League Championship Series or Jarrod Dyson will be right and this series will not return to Camden Yards.
The Orioles went from favorites to win the World Series back to underdogs in the ALCS after losing a pair of two-run games in Baltimore.
The Orioles were loose, relaxed and seemingly not too concerned about their two games to none deficit when they spoke with reporters on Sunday before their workout at...
KANSAS CITY - It will be a huge surprise if Game 3 of the American League Championship Series is played tonight. I hate to be Debbie Downer, but the forecast doesn't bring a whole lot of encouragement.
We've been warned that the chance of rain ranges from 90 to 100 percent. The Orioles are attaching spikes to their galoshes. During yesterday's workout, Jonathan Schoop practiced turning a double play while holding an umbrella.
You want a window? Check back next weekend.
Before you ask, Game 3...
KANSAS CITY - A major storyline coming into the American League Championship Series was whether the Orioles could slow the Kansas City running game
The Royals were 12-for-13 stealing bases in going 4-0 in the postseason before taking on the Orioles. Well, they are 1-for-3 in steals in the ALCS. Jarrod Dyson, who stole 36 of 43 in the regular season, has been thrown out by Nick Hundley and Caleb Joseph. Plus, Alex Gordon was picked off first base in Game 1.
The Orioles have employed a strategy...
KANSAS CITY - Wei-Yin Chen's postseason career with the Orioles has been a mixed bag. One earned run allowed in 6 1/3 innings in an American League Division Series start against the Yankees in 2012. Five earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in an ALDS start against the Tigers in 2014.
He's got to be good on Monday. The Orioles are depending heavily on him after losing the first two games of the American League Championship Series at home to the Royals.
"Oh, man, he's been one of our best arms all...
KANSAS CITY - He doesn't play for the Orioles, but Jarrod Dyson's name certainly came up a lot in their clubhouse this afternoon during the 45-minute media availability before their workout at Kauffman Stadium.
Dyson was asked last night by a Kansas City writer whether he expected to return to Baltimore for Game 6 of the American League Championship Series.
"No sir, I don't," he said. "And I don't think they think that, either."
I asked Adam Jones his reaction to Dyson's comments.
KANSAS CITY - The Orioles don't give the appearance of a team that's uptight or in panic mode after losing the first two games of the American League Championship Series.
Manager Buck Showalter talked college football, specifically Mississippi State being ranked No. 1, and tossed in a few quips to entertain and amuse the media. Players sat in front of televisions in the visiting clubhouse and watched NFL games, with Maine native Ryan Flaherty taking abuse anytime Patriots quarterback Tom...
The Oakland A's couldn't do it. Neither could the Los Angeles Angels. And you can now add the Orioles to the list.
Those three teams are a combined 0-6 against Kansas City this postseason. The Royals are 4-0 in games decided by two runs or less and 4-0 in extra innings.
During the regular season, they went 22-25 in one-run games and 5-7 in extra-inning games. So, yeah, the Royals are hot. Those three teams are still looking for one win against them.
The Royals were tied with the Orioles after...
The roster has been a challenge for the Orioles this season with key players lost to injuries and a suspension. The schedule has been a challenge with a multitude of starting times and some brutal travel.
Being down two games to none in the American League Championship Series and heading to Kansas City? Just another challenge for the Orioles.
Adversity takes on many appearances.
"It's another challenge in our face," said center fielder Adam Jones following a 6-4 loss in Game 2 before 46,912...
It was another Orioles loss in this American League Championship Series followed by O's relievers talking about giving up late runs.
Zach Britton gave up a groundball RBI double to Alcides Escobar in the ninth tonight that put Kansas City ahead 5-4. Lorenzo Cain added an RBI single for a 6-4 lead and win for the Royals as they take a 2-0 lead in the ALCS.
"They put the ball in play and make you work from a defensive standpoint," Britton said. "They make contact and they can find holes. The...
The Kansas City Royals used more late-inning magic to pull out another close game and take a two games to none lead in the American League Championship Series.
The Royals scored twice in the ninth to snap a 4-4 tie and beat the Orioles 6-4 tonight in front of a sellout crowd of 46,912 at Camden Yards. They went home stunned at the end as the upstart Royals moved to 6-0 this postseason and now head home in control of this ALCS.
Alcides Escobar's RBI double in the ninth broke a 4-4 tie. Darren...
The Orioles can't rely this much on their bullpen, no matter how good it is in 2014.
Bud Norris lasted only 4 1/3 innings today in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series - the same total that Chris Tillman produced in Game 1.
Tillman was spared a loss after the Orioles rallied from a 5-1 deficit. Norris left with the Orioles trailing 4-3 in the fifth, and Brad Brach escaped a jam.
Tillman went five innings in Game 1 of the Division Series. Wei-Yin Chen lasted only 3 2/3 innings...