The tarp is back on the field at Camden Yards this afternoon. It's been removed twice since I arrived here two hours ago.
No word from Major League Baseball on the status of Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. And no lineup from the Orioles.
The Royals just tweeted their lineup.
For the Royals
Alcides Escobar SS
Nori Aoki RF
Lorenzo Cain CF
Eric Hosmer 1B
Billy Butler DH
Alex Gordon LF
Salvador Perez C
Omar Infante 2B
Mike Moustakas 3B
James Shields RHP
Orioles Game 1...
Postseason baseball at Camden Yards is loud, and one of the loudest cheering sections for the American League Championship Series may just be Section 98.
Following the success of the OriolesREACH Knothole Gang in the American League Division Series, the Orioles will once again bring hundreds of children from various groups around the state to Camden Yards, allowing them to experience postseason baseball from their seats in section 98.
In its debut during the ALDS, the Knothole Gang allowed more...
When he is playing well, Orioles outfielder Adam Jones can fill up the stat sheet. When he is on top of his interview game, he can fill up reporter's notebooks.
While O's fans wait for Jones to get his postseason offense in high gear, he had the interview game going strong on Thursday.
During the Orioles 45-minute team media availability, a steady stream of local and national reporters gathered around the O's center fielder.
Here are some topics Jones addressed:
On the Erik Bedard trade...
In the first 17 years there was a Championship Series in each league, starting in 1969, there were only three years (1975, 1981 and 1982) when neither the Orioles nor Royals played for the pennant.
They just never played against each other. That changes tonight when the Orioles host the Royals in Game 1 of the 2014 American League Championship Series. The Orioles host the first two games before the scene shifts to Kansas City.
The Orioles won 96 games to take the AL East and then swept...
Orioles manager Buck Showalter made a small adjustment to his roster for the American League Championship Series.
Showalter is keeping 11 pitchers. The only change is the addition of left-hander Brian Matusz and the removal of right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.
Left-hander T.J. McFarland has been excluded again, with Showalter choosing to add only one southpaw to his bullpen.
The position players remain the same. Jimmy Paredes and Kelly Johnson stay on the roster.
Infielders/Outfielders (12) Cruz,...
At the beginning of the postseason, there was a chance for a Bay Bridge Series between Oakland and San Francisco, an Interstate 70 Series between St. Louis and Kansas City, and a Beltways Series between Baltimore and Washington.
Now the only possibility is the I-70 Series, but it's not going to happen. The Orioles will beat the Royals in five games and play in the World Series against the Giants, who will win the National League pennant in six games. It will be a black-and-orange World Series...
So it is finally here. The day of the first game of the American League Championship Series between the Orioles and the Kansas City Royals.
This felt just like another All-Star break. The last game was Sunday. Just like the four-day break in July.
"We're ready. It's been a long wait. It's going to be a wild atmosphere here and we're ready for it," O's first baseman Steve Pearce said before the Orioles workout on Thursday at Camden Yards.
Here are some other notes and quotes with the...
Here are some quotes from a press conference earlier today at Camden Yards with Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Game 1 starter Chris Tillman.
Showalter told reporters he feels confident the Orioles can get the game in tomorrow despite the possibility of rain. He also said the O's players will know the makeup of the roster before they leave tonight, even if it is not yet released or announced.
"We'll tell everybody that needs to know tonight," Showalter said. "But there's... we feel...
The Orioles just confirmed that they've signed shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year contract extension with an option for 2018. Hardy, executive vice president Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter will meet with reporters at 6:30 p.m.
As I wrote earlier, the deal is worth $40 million and includes a vesting option for 2018 based on at-bats. Also, $6.5 million is deferred.
Hardy, 32, joined the Orioles in 2011 and has won two Gold Gloves and leads all major league shortstops with 86 home...
Orioles manager Buck Showalter revealed the first piece of his rotation for the American League Championship Series, naming Chris Tillman the starter for Game 1 at Camden Yards.
Showalter said he's going to inform the other starters before leaving the ballpark this evening. He just needs to announce what order Bud Norris, Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez will work in the series.
The other starters will be in the bullpen for Game 1, just in case it runs long or there's an...
J.J. Hardy's teammates were asked several questions today about the Orioles shortstop. Even though a new deal for Hardy is not official and there has not been any announcement from the club, the sides have reached an agreement on an extension.
That news, as you might expect, was met with a very positive reaction by Hardy's teammates.
"Besides playing a prime position, what he brings to the club is not just baseball," outfielder Nick Markakis said. "All the things J.J. brings are things...
Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy smiled today as a herd of reporters and cameramen rushed to his table at the far end of the row during player availability for the media on the club level at Camden Yards.
Hardy warned that his contract extension isn't "official" and he can't comment on it, but he understood why the questions needed to be asked before the Orioles took batting practice in preparation for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
"It's going to be a big...
Former Orioles pitcher Jeremy Guthrie never got to play on a winning team in Baltimore. He missed it by one year. His last season was 2011 and the Orioles returned to the playoffs the following season.
Back at Camden Yards today with the Kansas City Royals, Guthrie said he could sense something good was coming for the Orioles, even though he was not around to see it to completion.
"Yeah, I always said that and there weren't many people that agreed," Guthrie said during a Royals interview...
Today's workout at Camden Yards will include an announcement that the Orioles have reached agreement with shortstop J.J. Hardy on a contract extension, according to an industry source.
Hardy, 32, was a pending free agent. Expected negotiations weren't held during spring training and the sides agreed to hold off discussions during the regular season.
Hardy's extension covers the next three seasons. FOX Sports is reporting that the value is north of $40 million.
Former executive Andy...
For years, I preached about the importance of starting pitching in the postseason. In my mind, I firmly believed that the teams with the best rotations had the greatest chance of making a deep run into October. It was all about those four starters and no matter what a team did to hide its lack of starting pitching in the regular season, they would surely be exposed in the playoffs.
Suddenly, I'm not so sure that's true anymore. At least not this year. The Tigers added a third Cy Young award...
From 1969 to 1980, the Orioles and Kansas City Royals were well represented in the American League Championship Series.
One of those two teams played in the ALCS in 10 of those 12 years, with the Orioles playing six times and the Royals four.
But they never played each other, as they will starting tomorrow night in Baltimore.
I had a chance to get a Royals scouting report from Josh Vernier, the Royals insider for flagship radio station KCSP-AM/610 Sports Radio, who also reports for FOX Sports...
It's getting more serious.
The Orioles and Royals will work out today at Camden Yards, with the intensity ramped up prior to Friday night's opener of the American League Championship Series. The Orioles take the field at 5 p.m., 30 minutes after manager Buck Showalter meets with reporters and other media types.
Brady Anderson, Cal Ripken Jr. and Mike Bordick will be made available for interviews earlier in the day. They know a thing or two about the ALCS.
It's been a combined 60 years since...
Major League Baseball has announced the rest of the starting times for the American League Championship Series. Grab a pencil and a sheet of paper.
You already know that Game 1 of the ALCS between the Orioles and Royals is Friday at 8:07 p.m. at Camden Yards, followed by Game 2 on Saturday at 4:07 p.m.
We won't factor in the rainy forecast. Let's wait on it.
Sunday is a workout day. Game 3 on Monday and Game 4 on Tuesday are slated for 8:07 p.m. ET at Kauffman Stadium. Game 5 on Oct. 15,...
So what will the Orioles' rotation look like for the American League Championship Series? Good luck trying to guess with manager Buck Showalter on that.
The Orioles went Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris in the Detroit series. Miguel Gonzalez, it appeared was going to pitch Game 3, and then the O's switched to Norris.
Does Norris' outstanding Sunday outing bump him up to second behind Tillman for this series? Does Gonzalez go second because he didn't pitch in the Tigers series...