KANSAS CITY -- Orioles center fielder Adam Jones prides himself on knowing the ground rules of every American League ballpark, and a trip to Kauffman Stadium reinforced why that kind of homework is important.
On May 4 last season, Jones chased a shot to the alley in left-center at Kauffman, but threw up his hands as the ball stuck underneath the fence. There were some nervous moments as Kansas City runners circled the bases, but Jones was confident the play would wind up being ruled a ground-rule double.
Jones was proven correct and a runner representing the tying run was eventually sent back to third. The play loomed large as the Orioles got out of the inning and held on to win 3-2.
"You always have to pay attention and know your ground rules," Jones said. "You see a lot of crazy things happen out there."