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Storylines: Orioles, Royals advance to ALCS

Storylines: Orioles, Royals advance to ALCS
The Orioles celebrate a sweep of the Tigers. (Photo: AP)
October 6, 2014
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  • Well for the first time in two decades the Kansas City Royals will be advancing to the next round to face the Baltimore Orioles. The last time Royals fans had this feeling George Brett and Dick Howser were at the helm making history. Coming into the series, the Los Angeles Angels had the best record in baseball at 98-64. They were the heavy favorites to defeat the young Royals, but Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas were clutch in every game and the pitching was indescribable. James Shieldsfinished the sweep of the Angels on Sunday by going six strong innings with two walks and six strikeouts. Hosmer and Moustakas both homered to get the rally going and it soon led to them winning the game big against Los Angeles, 8-3.
  • The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Detroit Tigers 2-1 to advance to the ALCS against the Royals. This is the first time they’ve advanced this far since 1997.

Other News and Notes

  • According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi is said to viewAlex Rodriguez as more of a DH than a third basemen if he is brought back next season.
  • The Minnesota Twins will interview Baltimore Orioles bench coach John Russell once their postseason ends. They have also had talks with former player Paul Molitor.
  • According to El Deportista, New York Mets infielder Fernando Tatis has retired.
  • Chris Iott of reports that Tori Hunter is considering retirement. However he is still open to returning to the Tigers.

User Comments

Vic Venom
October 6, 2014 - 11:53 PM EDT
Anyone who eats Lil Seizures pizza needs help. Worst pizza of all time.
October 6, 2014 - 12:56 PM EDT
Right now I believe the Giants, Royals and Orioles are in the zone , I could see a Giants vs Oriloes or Royals in the WS.

Rich, I just read an article that Masterson is looking for a 1 yr deal for about 12 mil to rebuild his value. 12 mil is not peanuts, but he deserves a peanuts type contract based on his 14 performance.

C L Who
October 6, 2014 - 12:01 PM EDT
I'm not surprised at all to see the Angels fall to KC.....KC has much better pitching. Tigers' obvious need is to bolster the pen, which cost them this series.
October 6, 2014 - 11:26 AM EDT
Will be interesting to see what the Tigers do this offseason. They really don't have anything in the farm system ready to contribute in a significant way, and they will have to address CF (Rajai Davis/Don Kelly platoon?), RF, DH, and to some extent, SS. On the run prevention side, They need another SP and the bullpen is still a disaster. Ilitch will once again open his big checkbook, but that's a lot of needs to fill and their payroll will already be about $160M. That's a lot of pizzas to sell.
October 6, 2014 - 9:54 AM EDT
I guess having the best record does not guarantee you a spot in WS. Angels eliminated last night and good possibility that the Nationals get eliminated today. The potential AL MVP in Trout basically was a no show in the series.
October 6, 2014 - 9:49 AM EDT
Biggest break the indians received in 2014 was getting rid of Masterson.MASTERSON MUST BE CONSIDERED THE BIGGEST LOSER FOR TURNING GREED INTO PEANUTS.
October 6, 2014 - 9:01 AM EDT
God Bless Baltimore & the men who play for her! Go home tigers & take the most annoying fans on the planet with you!
October 6, 2014 - 8:45 AM EDT
Fernando Tatis? I thought he retired a decade ago.
October 6, 2014 - 8:31 AM EDT
I think the NL is going to win it this year....anyone who comes out of the NL.
October 6, 2014 - 7:42 AM EDT
i hope they do
Vic Venom
October 6, 2014 - 1:00 AM EDT
Royals are going to win it all.

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