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The Royals' nonstop attack is taking its toll on the reeling Orioles

The Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar is greeted by manager Ned Yost after scoring on a single by Lorenzo Cain in the ninth inning against the Orioles in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series.
The Kansas City Royals' Alcides Escobar is greeted by manager Ned Yost after scoring on a single by Lorenzo Cain in the ninth inning against the Orioles in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series. (John Sleezer / MCT)

As he pondered the notion that the Orioles had yet to lead a game as they drifted behind the Royals 2-0 in the American League Championship Series, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter stressed Saturday what it had taken just to tie each game.

"Sometimes you spend so much energy and concentration trying to get back to that point, it's hard to take that next step," he said. "But I think about a hundred percent of that is what they're doing, not what we're not doing."

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That's exactly the point, maybe more so than Showalter meant even as he aptly spoke to the state of the series entering game three Monday night at Kauffman Stadium … weather willing.

So far this has been all about what the swarming, energized Royals are inflicting on the apparently flustered and stiffening Orioles, not the least of which has to be the permeating of their thinking.

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