Royals defeat Orioles 2-1 in Game 3 of ALCS, now just one win away from World Series

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The Royals — who hadn’t made a playoff appearance in 29 years and had to make it through the American League Wild Card Game this year — are now just one win away from advancing to the World Series.

Jeremy Guthrie held the dangerous Orioles attack to one run over five solid innings and the Kansas City offense scratched out two runs on an Alex Gordon groundout and a Billy Butler sac fly as the Royals defeated the visiting Orioles 2-1 in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday night at a loud and jam-packed Kauffman Stadium.

Baltimore managed only three hits the entire night, and all three of those came against Guthrie within the first three innings of the game. Kansas City’s bullpen was flat-out dominant, with Jason Frasor, Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis, and closer Greg Holland combining to no-hit the O’s over the final four frames.

The Royals are 7-0 in these playoffs and they can roll into the Fall Classic at 8-0 with a pennant-clinching win on Wednesday afternoon. Jason Vargas will face Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez. What a ride.

Dodgers to retire Fernando Valenzuela’s No. 34 this summer

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.

Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.

He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.

Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.

“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”