Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Wei-Yen Chen hopes to fair better against the Kansas City Royals than he did in his last outing against the Detroit Tigers. (Kevin Richardson/Baltimore Sun video)
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, who will get Monday's Game 3 start, said through an interpreter that he's not considering the importance of the game or where it might rank in his career.
"For me, I want to keep it simple. It doesn't matter to me whether we're ahead or behind," said Chen, who hasn't pitched since allowing five runs in 3 2/3 innings on Oct. 3 in Game 2 of the American League Division Series against the Tigers. "My job is to go out and pitch a good game. It doesn't change whether it's 0-2 or 2-0."
There are two things in Chen's favor heading into Monday night. He has pitched exceptionally well in two starts at expansive Kauffman Stadium, going 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in 12 2/3 innings here (while posting a 4.86 ERA in four starts against the Royals at Camden Yards).
"The past two times I had good performances here," Chen said. "But this time I can't guarantee that I will have the same performance, but I'll try to be mentally and physically the same."
He also will be pitching on nine days' rest and, in his career, he has a 3.28 ERA in 17 games in which he's had six or more days off.
Chen has downplayed the start, but there's a buzz in Taiwan, his home country. There were roughly 15 members of the Taiwanese media interviewing him at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.
No speech from Jones
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, who is considered the club's most vocal leader, was asked whether he would say something to his teammates to inspire them before Monday.
His response: "I'm going to dress up or something and give the team a speech. No, we know what we are doing, we are grown men, we're not little kids who need to sit around in a circle and play duck, duck, goose.
"We're just going to approach the game as we've approached every game all season and do what we do best."
Suspended slugger Chris Davis traveled with the Orioles to Kansas City, but he is not on the roster and therefore can't play in this series. Like in Baltimore, he can work out with the team but cannot be in the dugout during games, at least until after Game 5 when his suspension would end. Other players not on the ALCS roster that traveled included Steve Clevenger, Quintin Berry, T.J. McFarland, Ryan Webb and Matt Wieters. … Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez did not travel with the team. He was on the ALDS roster, but was not included on the ALCS roster.