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ALCS & NLCS Open Thread: 10/15 Orioles @ Royals (game 4) and Cardinals @ Giants (game 4)

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Ed Zurga

One team could clinch a spot in the World Series in just a few hours. If the Royals can get things done at Kauffman Stadium this afternoon, the Orioles will have to go back home, their 2014 season over, without a win in the series. Miguel Gonzalez will take the mound to try to break the losing streak and keep their World Series hopes alive. But Jason Vargas hopes to lead KC to the AL Championship title by completing the sweep.

Today's Lineups

BALTIMORE ORIOLES KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Nick Markakis - RF Alcides Escobar - SS
Steve Pearce - 1B Norichika Aoki - RF
Adam Jones - CF Lorenzo Cain - CF
Nelson Cruz - LF Eric Hosmer - 1B
Delmon Young - DH Billy Butler - DH
J.J. Hardy - SS Alex Gordon - LF
Caleb Joseph - C Salvador Perez - C
Ryan Flaherty - 3B Omar Infante - 2B
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Mike Moustakas - 3B
Miguel Gonzalez - RHP Jason Vargas - LHP

Later this afternoon in San Francisco, the NLCS will continue as the Giants pursue their third win of the series and look to get a two-game advantage over the Cardinals.

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