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Baltimore Orioles to Face Kansas City Royals in ALCS

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OriolesThe American League Championship Series participants are set. The Baltimore Orioles swept the Detroit Tigers even though Detroit had a pitching rotation that included three Cy Young winners.

For manager Buck Showalter, Nelson Cruz and the rest of the unheralded Orioles, the question now is how to beat their next opponents, the Kansas City Royals.

Cruz belted a two-run home run and the Orioles pitching staff held the Tigers to one run in their 2-1 sweep on Sunday. It is the first time since 1997 that Baltimore has reached the ALCS.

Bud Norris was able to outpitch David Price in the game. The Tigers did not score until the ninth but Zach Britton was able to escape the inning and give Showalter his first trip to the ALCS in 16 seasons as a manager.

The Orioles will open their series against Kansas City at home Friday.

Cruz was the major league leader in home runs with 40 and Baltimore led baseball with 211.

Cruz’s bat has helped the Orioles overcome injuries that ended the seasons of Matt Wieters and Manny Machado, The Orioles also suffered a suspension of 25 games to Chris Davis.

Kansas City swept the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday at home with an 8-3 win. This has set up the ALCS to open Friday night at Camden Yards.

The Royals waited close to three decades to reach the postseason again and want to stick around now.

Kansas City has a quirky manager, dynamic defense, a less than stellar offense and a great bullpen.

This season the Royals were 4-3 head to head with the Orioles, which will make for a great matchup in this ALCS.

The Angels won 98 games during the regular season and became just the second team since 1969 to have the majors’ best regular season record and be swept out of the postseason.

The Cinderella-season continues for the Royals and they now are just 4 wins from reaching the World Series.

About David Campbell

David makes his home in Guatemala and follows the worlds greatest games from there. David contributes on all leagues across the world and had over 25 years experience. He has covered 10 World Cups and will do so again this year in Brazil.

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