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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2012
BOSTON -- If the Orioles manage to win the American League East, they could cost one sports betting website hundreds of thousands of dollars. When offshore online sportsbook Bovada.lv released it's the season-opening odds in late March, the Orioles were 100-to-1 longshots to win the division. The Orioles -- who entered Friday's series opener in Boston one game behind the division-leading Yankees with 13 games remaining in the regular season - had more favorable 11-to-5 odds to win the AL East as of Friday afternoon.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2012
OAKLAND  - If there's one thing that separates the Oakland A's and the Orioles, the American League's two upstarts, it's that the A's young pitching has been a tick better this season. On Saturday, in Oakland's 5-2 victory, A's 23-year-old right-hander Jarrod Parker was a whole lot better than 24-year-old O's lefty Zach Britton, who gave up  five runs and walked four in just four innings. "It's not as good as [Britton] is capable of or we need him to be. So we'll move on,” said Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
The Orioles' early afternoon start time Thursday was supposed to get the team in the air and to the West Coast at a decent hour. But after their 14-inning win over the Rays -- a five-hour, 14-minute marathon that ended with a 3-2 victory -- the Orioles were looking at a later arrival time in the San Francisco Bay Area. Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't hesitate to pick apart the inadequacies of the schedule, and he was quick to point out this week that the Orioles are the only remaining AL East contender that has to go out west this regular season.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
If you can handle another six hours of baseball today - and you have access to more than just the local baseball broadcast - you have the option of watching a pretty amazing split doubleheader tonight. The Tampa Bay Rays need to right themselves now. They open a huge series at Yankee Stadium tonight with David Price facing Yankees ace CC Sabathia in the opener. Price is a leading Cy Young candidate with his 17-5 record and 2.54 ERA. Sabathia has not put up his usual gaudy numbers, but he is still one of the top starters in the majors.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2012
According to baseball historian Bill Arnold, if these Orioles can win the American League East, they will have accomplished a pretty rare feat. Only nine times in modern baseball history has a team trailed in its division by 10 games or more on July 18 and come back to win the title, with the 1995 Seattle Mariners being the last club to do so (while winning a one-game playoff with the California Angels). The Orioles trailed the Yankees by 10 games on July 18 (and were a half game up on Tampa Bay Rays)
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By Dan Connolly,The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2012
First, let's get the procedural out of the way. The Orioles lead the season series with the Yankees, 9-8 with one game to play Sunday. If the Orioles win, they'll take a one game lead in the American League East. But that's not the most important thing about Sunday's contest. If the Yankees and Orioles are tied at the end of the season for the division, there will be a one-game tiebreaker to determine the AL East champion. The winner of the season series - which will be the Orioles if they win Sunday - would host that game.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2012
One night after rejuvenating a skeptical but eager fan base with an exhilarating victory against the bullies of the American League East, the Orioles took on the New York Yankees again at a rocking Camden Yards on Friday night. This time, there were no lasting moments of comeuppance, just a pedestrian 8-5 loss to the Yankees complete with an early deficit that was too deep to overcome for an Orioles club that specializes in rallies. What separates Friday's defeat from those in past years, of course, are the stakes: The win snapped a first place tie in the division, pushing the Yankees (78-60)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2012
TORONTO - Inside the cramped visiting clubhouse at "PLREC000155"> Rogers Centre, the Orioles quickly packed their equipment bags, eager to get back home to Baltimore. Despite a disappointing 6-4 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night, the Orioles finished their six-game road trip with series wins in New York and Toronto. Their stay atop the AL East lasted just one day, but the Orioles kept the same tunnel-visioned approach that has served them well all season. “Good road trip, successful road trip, we played a hell of a road trip,” center fielder Adam Jones said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2012
TORONTO - Exactly seven weeks ago, the Orioles trailed the division-leading New York Yankees by 10 games. They were lingering just three games over .500. It appeared the O's weren't going to be able to keep pace with the powers of the American League East. Now, the Orioles wake up tied for first place with the reeling Yankees, atop of the baseball's best division in September for the first time in 15 years. The Orioles' resounding 12-0 thumping of the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night at the Rogers Center - combined with the Tampa Bay Rays' 5-2 win over the Yankees - put the O's neck-and-neck with New York with 27 games remaining in the regular season.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 3, 2012
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Sunday he believed his team's toughest game of their six-game road trip would be Monday's series opener in Toronto. Monday's 1 p.m. game will be the team's third straight afternoon game - a rarity. And it's also unheard of  that you come into a new city and play the first game of the series during the day. Sometime uncommon can lead to uncomfortable. But truly the test is replacing the atmosphere and excitement of this weekend's three games at Yankee Stadium with the antisceptic north-of-the-border feel of the Rogers Center.
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