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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | February 11, 2013
There's no question that the Toronto Blue Jays have made the most noise throughout baseball this offseason - and that's pushed them from a fourth-place finish in 2012 to division favorites heading into this season. They've added three strong, veteran starting pitchers in R.A. Dickey, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle. They've added a perennial all-star and one of my favorite players to watch in shortstop Jose Reyes, as well as outfielder Melky Cabrera and infielder/outfielder Emilio Bonifacio to a lineup that already included Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Brett Lawrie and Colby Rasmus.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2012
Yes, two bar blogs in two days. It's Christmastime, I'm feeling the holiday spirit (or holiday spirits, as it were). I wrote a piece last week talking to a scout who briefly broke down the Orioles and the AL East for me. At the time, R.A. Dickey was still a New York Met, and the scout still predicted that the Toronto Blue Jays would leapfrog the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays and finish second in the AL East, just behind the New York Yankees....
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Peter Schmuck | December 18, 2012
If this is December, then there are a lot of Orioles fans who are wondering the same thing. Why is it that every year at this time, the other American League East teams do their holiday shopping at Lord &Taylor and the Orioles seem to do most of theirs at the dollar store? It's a fair question, considering that the Toronto Blue Jays are on a spending spree of such magnitude that it might impact the currency exchange rate between the United States and Canada, and the Boston Red Sox are buying up average players for $13 million apiece per season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2012
Now that the Blue Jays continue to load up this offseason - agreeing to acquire NL Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets pending signing him to an extension - I'm continuing to get questions about why the Orioles are being so quiet. The Red Sox have upgraded with a plethora of signings. The Rays dealt starter James Shields to get one of the top prospects in the game in Wil Myers to boost their anemic lineup. And the Blue Jays are showing there's no concern of a fiscal cliff in Toronto, delving out toonies in bulk like they're out of style.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 15, 2012
I talked to a major league scout Friday whose territory is strictly the American League East and whose opinion I really respect. He's always been pretty spot on with his assessments, so I was curious as to what he thought about what has happened with this division since the postseason ended. I'm going to warn you, Orioles fans, he's not sold on your club. In fact, if rosters were set today, the scout said he'd predict that the Orioles finish fourth in the AL East in 2013, just above the Tampa Bay Rays.
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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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