KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Orioles failed to cool off the Royals in Baltimore.
Maybe Mother Nature can do the trick.
Torrential rain that began in the early-morning hours Monday postponed Monday night's Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, which the Royals -- 6-0 this postseason -- lead two games to none.
"Hopefully that helps us," Orioles outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz said with a smile, referring to the weather stalling the Royals' momentum.
Game 3 was rescheduled for 8 Tuesday night. Game 4 is set for 4 p.m. Wednesday and Game 5, if necessary, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday. If the series returns to Baltimore for Game 6, the clubs will lose the scheduled off day Thursday.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter and Royals counterpart Ned Yost said they will go with their scheduled Game 3 starters: Baltimore lefthander Wei-Yin Chen (16-6, 3.54 ERA) against Kansas City righthander Jeremy Guthrie (13-11, 4.13).
Both managers left open the possibility of changes in Game 4. As of Monday, the scheduled Game 4 starters were Orioles righty Miguel Gonzalez and Royals lefty Jason Vargas.
"Chen will pitch tomorrow," Showalter said. "After that, we'll probably have a better idea."
Yost said "there's a chance" he'll bring back Game 1 starter James Shields on regular rest for Game 4.
Yost said "of course" there was disappointment that the game was postponed, but he wasn't concerned that there will be a negative impact on his red-hot club.
"We had our off day yesterday, we were ready to play today," Yost said. "Again, I know I can't, and I know none of those players in the locker room can control the weather, so you deal with it. You take situations as they come and you adjust to them and move forward. We were looking forward to playing today, but we'll go home, get a good night's sleep and look forward to playing tomorrow."