Although this year's American League Championship Series represents the two smallest market sizes in history, according to TBS, the Game 1 matchup Friday averaged 5.92 million total viewers for the network. The total represented an increase of 9 percent from last year's NLCS Game 1 telecast on TBS between the Dodgers and Cardinals. The market sizes for Kansas City and Baltimore are 70 percent smaller than the market sizes for Los Angeles and St. Louis, based on available television households, according to TBS. … Yost said he likes left-hander Danny Duffy out of the bullpen for now, meaning left-hander Jason Vargas was "probably" the Royals' Game 4 starter. Duffy pitched an inning of relief in the ALDS against the Los Angeles Angels, but he started 25 of his 31 appearances this year, with a 2.53 ERA in 149 1/3 innings. Vargas, a 31-year-old signed last November in free agency, went 11-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 30 starts, and allowed two runs in six innings during a Game 1 win over the Angels. … Former Orioles left-hander Scott McGregor threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Game 2 and singer-songwriter Citizen Cope sang the national anthem. … Showalter said he was concerned about left-hander Andrew Miller's mindset after Miller hit Gordon with a pitch off his right shoulder and on his helmet flap in Game 1, so he sent pitching coach Dave Wallace to the mound to calm him down.