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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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Peter Schmuck | October 1, 2012
- If the Orioles were hoping that what went around might come around after the way they battled to the last dramatic moment of the 2011 regular season and propelled the Tampa Bay Raysinto the playoffs, they are probably going to be disappointed. The Rays were not in a position to show any gratitude when they faced the Orioles on Monday night in the first game of the final regular season series of 2012. They still had something to play for with the second wild-card playoff berth still in doubt for at least one more night, and they came into the series with three very good starting pitchers lined up against the Orioles.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2012
Good morning, OriolesĀ fans. Today your team could clinch its first postseason berth in 15 years. While that should brighten your morning, rain in Texas yesterday made the Orioles' clinching scenarios a bit cloudier than they needed to be heading into today's home finale against Boston. With their game washed out yesterday, the Rangers and Angels will play a day-night doubleheader beginning at 1:05 p.m. our time today. If the Orioles win (it's a 1:35 p.m. first pitch here) and the Angels lose one of their two games, the O's will guarantee at least a wild-card berth.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2012
On a day honoring arguably the greatest third baseman of all time -- legendary Orioles Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson -- the rookie phenom now patrolling the hot corner for Baltimore showed a little of what he can do. Twenty-year-old third baseman Manny Machado stood attentively in the Orioles dugout as Robinson -- a sculpture of him just unveiled in the plaza behind center field at Camden Yards -- stood on the field and stirred up an announced sellout...
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