For the Royals, James Shields starts Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Baltimore Orioles. The O's start Chris Tillman.
The weather forecast has improved in recent hours, with it very likely that the game will end in the rain, but should not be in danger of postponement. Keep in mind that if there is a delay, The Powers That Be will insist on a nine-inning game, and have allowed for suspensions of games that would ordinarily be declared official in the event of weather in the late innings.
|KANSAS CITY ROYALS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Alcides Escobar - SS||Nick Markakis - RF|
|Norichika Aoki - RF||Alejandro De Aza - LF|
|Lorenzo Cain - CF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Eric Hosmer - 1B||Nelson Cruz - DH|
|Billy Butler - DH||Steve Pearce - 1B|
|Alex Gordon - LF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Salvador Perez - C||Ryan Flaherty - 3B|
|Omar Infante - 2B||Nick Hundley - C|
|Mike Moustakas - 3B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|James Shields - RHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|
The first pitch of the American League Championship Series is scheduled for 5:07 PM and will be televised on TBS.