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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2012
I had separate conversations earlier this offseason with a scout from a rival team and a player agent that basically intimated the same thing: The industry was watching what the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays would do this winter because they are viewed as the potential new guard in the AL East with the New York Yankees aging, the Boston Red Sox rebuilding and the Tampa Bay Rays hampered by payroll. The agent said Baltimore and Toronto could be easier sells this year to clients because the sense is that both teams are in a position to win now and for a few more years if they make the right choices.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2012
NEW YORK - Whether the path of Nate McLouth's towering fly ball was interrupted by the right-field foul pole at Yankee Stadium will likely be discussed in Baltimore for years to come. But when it fell harmlessly into the second deck of seats as a foul ball, it was the beginning of the end to a season in which the Orioles forced the rest of baseball to take notice. The Orioles' first postseason in 15 years ended with frigid bats on a cold New York night with a 3-1 loss to the Yankees in a do-or-die Game 5 of the American League Division Series.
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Peter Schmuck | October 9, 2012
Did you really doubt them? Did you watch the New York Yankees run circles around the Orioles on Sunday night in the first game of the Division Series and just assume that the O's would wilt at the first sign of the legendary Yankee mystique? If so, you probably need to “Buckle Up,” because they're headed for the Bronx all even in this best-of-five playoff and their World Series hopes are still very much alive. The rest of this round will be played at Yankee Stadium, beginning with Game 3 on Wednesday night, but don't let the address intimidate you because the Orioles probably won't.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
UPDATE (7:10 p.m.): The Oakland A's beat the Texas Rangers, 12-5, to win the AL West. Scenarios updated to reflect. UPDATE (5:57 p.m.): The game times for a potential AL East tiebreaker and the wild-card game have just been announced and are added below. Both would be televised on TBS. Here's a quick look at the Orioles' possible outcomes for the final (scheduled) day of baseball's regular season: If the Orioles win and the Yankees lose The O's and Yankees would play a one-game tiebreaker for the AL East title Thursday at 7:10 p.m. at Camden Yards.
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By Childs Walker and Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
The Orioles have known since Sunday night that they were playoff-bound. On Wednesday night, they finally learned whom they'll play. The club will begin its first postseason in 15 years at 8:37 p.m. Friday in Arlington, Texas, where the Orioles will have to win a wild-card game against the Rangers to keep their season alive. If the Orioles win Friday night, they'll begin the American League Division Series at home Sunday against the New York Yankees. The Orioles cost themselves home-field advantage in the wild-card round with a 4-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night, surrendering three home runs to third baseman Evan Longoria.
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By Peter Schmuck | October 2, 2012
Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields, who will start Tuesday night's pivotal game against the Orioles, is wrapping up a very successful 2012 season that - so far - has featured a 15-9 and a solid 3.62 ERA. That's almost proportionately consistent with his career numbers in 23 career starts against the Orioles. He's a very good pitcher, but the Orioles have proven this season that he is far from unbeatable. In his two previous 2012 starts against them, he has not been particularly impressive, giving up six runs (four earned)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter has selected right-hander Chris Tillman to start Wednesday night's pivotal regular season finale against Tampa Bay. The Orioles enter Wednesday one game back of the division-leading Yankees in the AL East. A win, combined with a New York loss, would force a tiebreaker for the division title on Thursday at Camden Yards. Even if the Yankees win Wednesday, an Orioles win would at least clinch a AL wild-card home game against either Texas or Oakland.
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Peter Schmuck | October 2, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Maybe after what happened at this time last year, we all should have known that the American League East race - and the Orioles' position in the postseason - would come down to the last scheduled day of the regular season. Note the qualifier. Wednesday might not be the final day of the regular season if the stars, the Orioles and the New York Yankees line up in such a way as to force a climactic divisional showdown at Oriole Park on Thursday. It is certainly not out of the question after what happened Tuesday in St. Petersburg, but it may not be in the cards after another last-gasp Yankees comeback in The Bronx.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - At the beginning of this calendar year, Miguel Gonzalez didn't know where he was going to pitch. Released by the Red Sox in December, he hoped another major league team would give him a chance. On the second day of October, the right-hander kept the Orioles' American League East title hopes alive. The 28-year old - signed after he was scouted pitching in Mexico - allowed just two hits and struck out seven in 6 1/3 innings Tuesday night, guiding the Orioles to a 1-0 win before an announced 13,460 at Tropicana Field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2012
So it's way past midnight and I still haven't packed for my 7:30 a.m. flight to Tampa Bay. Heck, I can sleep in the offseason. The Orioles sealed their first postseason bid in 15 years tonight, capping a bizarre and surreal day, one that most long-suffering O's fans will remember for years. The image that will last in my mind is one of the Orioles players giving high fives on the field after their 6-3 win over Boston, then staying on the field to watch the final inning of the Angels-Rangers afternoon game.
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