Kansas City Royals vs. Baltimore Orioles

The 2014 American League Championship Series pits the AL Wild Card-winning Kansas City Royals and the AL East champion Baltimore Orioles. The Royals enter the ALCS with a seven-game postseason winning streak that dates back to the 1985 series, when they won the final three games to win the franchise’s lone title.

Kansas City beat the Oakland Athletics 9-8 in 12 innings in the AL Wild Card game and swept the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 in the ALDS. Baltimore reached the ALCS with a 3-0 sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the division series. 

The Royals last appeared in the World Series in 1985, while the Orioles last appeared in the World Series in 1983. 

Schedule:

Game 1: Friday, Oct. 10 (8:07 p.m. ET) at Baltimore

Game 2: Saturday, Oct. 11 (4:07 p.m. ET) at Baltimore

Game 3: Monday, Oct. 13 (8:07 p.m. ET) at Kansas City

Game 4: Tuesday, Oct. 14 (8:07 p.m. ET) at Kansas City

Game 5: Wednesday, Oct. 15 (4:07 p.m. ET) at Kansas City, if necessary

Game 6: Friday, Oct. 17 (8:07 p.m. ET) at Baltimore, if necessary

Game 7: Saturday, Oct. 18 (8:07 p.m. ET) at Baltimore, if necessary

Starting pitchers:

Kansas City rotation:

  1. James Shields
  2. Jason Vargas
  3. Jeremy Guthrie 
  4. Yordano Ventura

Baltimore rotation:

  1. Chris Tillman
  2. Wei-Yin Chen
  3. Bud Norris
  4. Miguel Gonzalez

Shields and Tillman are projected to pitch in Game 1. 

Lineups

Kansas City

Alcides Escobar, SS

Nori Aoki, RF

Lorenzo Cain, CF

Eric Hosmer, 1B

Billy Butler, DH

Alex Gordon, LF

Salvador Perez, C

Omar Infante, 2B

Mike Moustakas, 3B

Baltimore

Nick Markakis, RF

Alejandro De Aza, LF

Adam Jones, CF

Nelson Cruz, DH

Steve Pearce, 1B

J.J. Hardy, SS

Ryan Flaherty, 3B

Caleb Joseph, C

Jonathan Schoop, 2B

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