Jones' skills could earn return trip to KC

Jones' skills could earn return trip to KC

Jones' skills could earn return trip to KC
KANSAS CITY -- The Orioles won't come back to Kauffman Stadium this season, barring a Baltimore-Kansas City playoff series. But the notion of center fielder Adam Jones making another appearance at Kauffman -- site of the 2012 All-Star Game -- is gaining credibility by the day.

Jones came up big again on Wednesday with a game-winning homer in the 15th inning to lift the Orioles past the Royals, 4-3. He added a two-run homer on Thursday to help the Orioles overcome an early 3-0 deficit in a 5-3 win.

After Wednesday's game, Jones was asked about the possibility of returning to Kansas City for the Midsummer Classic.

"That's not up to me," Jones said. "If I keep doing what I'm doing, you never know."

O's manager Buck Showalter knows that Jones has played like an All-Star through the opening six weeks of the season. When Jones connected for a 431-foot blast against Royals reliever Nate Adcock, he became the first player since Mark McGwire in 1988 to hit a home in the 15th inning or later in multiple games in the same season. Jones homered in the 17th inning on May 6 in Boston.

"Jonesy respects competition," Showalter said. "If somebody makes him look bad, he's not going to become a wallflower. He's going to compete regardless of how the game is going. He's still trying to control his emotions and he's getting a lot better about that. Not getting himself out. Not many people get him out in the strike zone. He wants to do something for our club so bad every time he comes to the plate. If he gets to the point where he'll take a base on balls with the bases loaded, we're on our way."