KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Somebody on the Baltimore Orioles needs to step up, slugger Steve Pearce said. Somebody needs to get that key hit, or pitch a shutdown inning, or make the impossible-looking play on defense that will start to turn the American League Championship Series around. The Kansas City Royals have won the first three games, including 2-1 on Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium, to put themselves on the brink of the franchise’s first World Series appearance since 1985. The Orioles, on such a great run before the ALCS started, are nearly out of time after winning 96 games in the regular season and sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the first round of playoffs. That the Orioles have lost three games by a combined five runs to K.C. is not a source of pride for Pearce, but instead one of aggravation. “We lost another close game,” Pearce said. “We’ve got to find a way to start pulling these games out. We’ve only got one loss left. “We’ve got to find somebody to get it done.” The only team that’s ever gotten series reversal done after a 3-0 deficit is the 2004 Boston Red Sox, who that season famously dropped the first three games of the ALCS to the New York Yankees. The contemporary Orioles need to find the Dave Roberts, Big Papi, Curt Schilling and Johnny Damon from their own roster, starting Wednesday afternoon in Game 4, or else their season is over. History and math say Baltimore’s task is next to impossible, not that J.J. Hardy wants to hear about those subjects. He’s operating more on faith right now. “Well, we’re not looking at it like that,” Hardy said. “I’ll assure you that. We’ve got to come out tomorrow and win. And just take it one day at a time. It’s tough to look at it in the long haul.” One of the problems with the Royals turning into the 2004 Yankees: They’ve won 10 straight playoff games and tend not to make enough mistakes to get themselves beat. Pearce came in batting .158 in the series but helped put the Orioles on the board by hitting a leadoff double in the second. Hardy drove him home with another double, and the O’s had a lead. But after Ryan Flaherty drew a walk, right-hander Jeremy Guthrie wriggled out of the jam, with Nick Hundley flying out deep to right and Jonathan Schoop popping out to first. A good inning could have been better. Later on, Kansas City’s defense started to put on a show again as it had in Games 1-2, and earlier in the postseason. Mike Moustakas made three strong plays at third base, and Alex Gordon made a nice catch in left fighting the lights. Other teams might have botched one or more of those plays. Not the Royals. Not this postseason.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Three-time world champion David Ortiz will return to the World Series as an analyst for Fox.

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San Francisco (AFP) – San Francisco rallied from a three-run deficit Wednesday to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 and move to the brink of winning their Major League Baseball playoff series.

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BOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli will have surgery to treat a sleeping disorder.

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Before the news that Andrew Friedman was leaving his post as executive vice president and general manager with the Tampa Bay Rays to become team president of the Los Angeles Dodgers could even settle in on Tuesday, speculation was already running wild over what this might mean for current Rays manager Joe Maddon. Maddon, who’s widely regarded as one the game’s top skippers and smartest baseball minds, has worked along side Friedman for the past nine years. Together, they’ve done a job no one person could do alone. Together, they’ve help piece together and guide the small-market Rays to the postseason four times, including a World Series appearance in 2008, without ever having to truly rebuild along the way. It’s a relationship that’s led to sustained success in a market and division not built for it. Not with the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays all able to outspend them three, sometimes four times over. With that against-the-odds success in mind, it’s only natural to put two and two together and assume Friedman would at least explore the possibility of continuing that relationship in a situation far more conducive to short and long term success. But based on Maddon’s comments on Tuesday, we shouldn’t look for that happen to any time soon.   From the Los Angeles Times:   However, Maddon said Tuesday that he expects to discuss a contract extension with the Rays this winter. “I want to continue to be a Ray, absolutely,” Maddon said. “They have to want me to be a Ray too.” Maddon said he and his wife recently moved into a Tampa home once owned by former USC and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach John McKay. “I’m really embedded here pretty well,” he said. “The roots are pretty strong. We have a great infrastructure here. We have a great operation. We have great people. Maddon’s contract, which is set to expire following the 2015 season, obviously complicates things. At this point, if Friedman wanted him he’d have to seek permission to speak with Maddon from replacement Matt Silverman and likely put together a compensation package to complete an agreement. Seeing as both sides are going through a transition period, it might take awhile for that to be sorted out anyway, leaving Friedman in a position where retaining Don Mattingly might make the most sense regardless of future possibilities.   And yes, that’s also a factor here. Mattingly is under contract to the Dodgers through the 2016 season, so Friedman can use 2015 as an evaluation period. If it goes well, there may be no need to make a switch. if not, then he can take a good look at his options.  At the end of the day, though, this could all come down to what Maddon wants, or more likely how much he perceives the Rays want him.  “There’s so much to like. There’s only one negative. That’s the ballpark. It’s a big negative. But that’s about it.” That was a not-so-hint about the stadium, but it’s anybody’s guess if that would be a game-changer in a possible decision. Only Joe Maddon knows for sure, though it sounds like the rest of us should have a pretty good idea what he’s thinking by the time the Rays report to spring training.   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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SAN FRANCISCO — It’s not a huge surprise that Yadier Molina isn’t the starting catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series. Molina’s strained left oblique has his postseason in question, even though Cardinals manager Mike Matheny hasn’t officially ruled Molina out , instead calling his status “day to day.” Molina’s replacement in the starting lineup Tuesday, however, is ripe with storylines. A.J. Pierzynski, the well-traveled lightning rod of a backstop, will catch for the Cardinals and bat sixth.  The Cardinals signed him when Molina hurt his thumb in July, two weeks after being released by the Boston Red Sox.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals made one of the boldest trades in franchise history two years ago. The Oakland Athletics made a similarly aggressive move just a couple of months ago.

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With the San Francisco Giants continuing to tame the St. Louis Cardinals’ bats in the playoffs, Jake Peavy is up next and looking to put the NL Central champions in a 0-2 hole.

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