KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Royals reserve outfielder Jarrod Dyson left no doubt where he stood.
Asked late Saturday night -- after his team took a 2-0 lead in the ALCS -- if he expects a return trip to Baltimore for a potential sixth or seventh game, Dyson didn't equivocate.
"No sir, I don't," Dyson told the Kansas City Star. "And I don't think they think that, either."
The Orioles weren't informed of Dyson's comments until their arrival yesterday at Kauffman Stadium, where Game 3 is scheduled for Monday night. But when they heard what he had to say, they didn't exactly fire back.
Then again, two losses away from elimination at the hands of the upstart Royals, who are 6-0 this postseason, there wasn't much the Orioles could say.
"Why wouldn't he feel that way?" Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "If I played the way they played the last two days, I'd feel the same way."
Centerfielder Adam Jones paused a moment after being told of Dyson's comments.
"He doesn't speak for this clubhouse," Jones said. "I could say a lot of things about that, but it's not the time or place. Hey, we have a deficit to overcome. They're up 2-0, they should have all the confidence in the world."
The Royals sound as though they do.
"It's just one of those things; we're really coming together [one through nine] in the lineup," DH Billy Butler said.
Dyson didn't back down, either.
"I don't think they expected us to play as well as we played [in Baltimore]," he said yesterday after a team workout.
What about it becoming bulletin-board material in the other clubhouse?
Dyson smiled. "I don't know what they're going to do, but I know what we're going to do," he said. "We're going to keep going out there trying to hit them in the mouth early, and hope they don't get back up when we knock them down."
The Royals have had an extra-tough trial this postseason, most prominently in the AL wild-card game against the A's. They trailed Jon Lester 7-3 in the eighth inning before tying it in the ninth and winning it in the 12th, 9-8, on Salvador Perez's walk-off single. That was the first of their four extra-inning wins in six postseason games.
"The eighth inning of the wild-card game, everything turned around for us," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "Everything clicked. It was like, 'You know what? We belong here. We can handle this. Let's go.' And these guys have all gotten locked in. They absolutely love the atmosphere now. They're thriving in it."