Orioles manager Buck Showalter has arrived at the American League Championship Series bathed in the affection of both his team and his public, his managerial acumen seemingly above reproach. Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost has arrived at the same place at the same time, yet his managerial IQ has been questioned so much during this postseason, you¿d think he steered his team into an iceberg.
Those are the Royals over there in front of all the cameras. That¿s Eric Hosmer on the cover of Sports Illustrated. That¿s him and his teammates making the funnest kind of off-the-field news by dropping around $15,000 on a bar tab to say thank you to fans.
Former Mets pitcher Ron Darling will be part of a three-man broadcast booth anchored by play-by-play man Ernie Johnson and former Oriole great Cal Ripken Jr. during the American League Championship Series.
It's possible that the Kansas City Royals will go into the American League Championship Series against the Orioles with the same 25-man roster, including 11 pitchers, they used to sweep the Los Angeles Angels in the Division Series.
The Orioles take on the New York Yankees for a day-night doubleheader today in what should be the kickoff for clinch week -- assuming the Orioles can continue the momentum they built in a three-game sweep over the Boston Red Sox.
Miguel Gonzalez gets the start tonight in Pittsburgh ¿ his first since May 10, when he registered a quality start in a no decision against Houston. His last outing was in relief of Kevin Gausman on Wednesday.
Royals left fielder Alex Gordon hit two three-run homers, including one off Orioles right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez in the fifth inning, to give Kansas City an 8-6 victory and a split in the four-game series.
The Orioles already faced looming roster decisions before they officially placed first baseman Chris Davis on the 15-day disabled list before Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals. And now the club's roster management is about to get trickier.
Before Sunday's game against the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that, while he's hopeful Chris Davis can return from the 15-day disabled list when he's eligible May 11, he's not expecting the first baseman to be recovered from a left oblique strain by that time.
It took 10 innings and a couple gifts from the Kansas City Royals, but the Orioles pulled out a 3-2 victory Saturday. They scored their winning run on a hit batsman, two pitcher¿s errors after bunts and then a clutch single by Nick Markakis.
Before Jason Hammel could become the Orioles' Opening Day starter, he had to revisit his simpler days of pitching. Before the crowds, before the expectations, before worrying about his career and where he fit in, he needed to go back to the time when the game was free of distractions.
Now that the Blue Jays continue to load up this offseason -- agreeing to acquire NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets pending signing him to an extension -- I¿m continuing to get questions about why the Orioles are being so quiet.
When Orioles right fielder Chris Davis launched that mammoth blast onto the roof of the restaurant above center field at The Trop, he became only the second player in Orioles history to homer in six consecutive games. The other was Reggie Jackson, who homered in six straight games (July 18-23) in 1976.