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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
The Orioles made their triumphant return to the postseason in 2012. The odds of them getting back there in 2013, if you trust Baseball Prospectus' projection, are less than 5 percent . It's one of those preseason predictions that had Adam Jones saying last month that “Sometimes I wish the media would just shut the hell up. " It's not that the numbers crunchers at Baseball Prospectus hate the Orioles. It's just that much of what the O's did last year either isn't quantifiable (like deftly shuttling players up and down from the minors)
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By David Selig | February 28, 2013
Luckily, they don't trot out the old “defense wins championship” cliché as much in baseball circles - but there's no denying there have been teams who improve their 'D' and then find increased success . So, as we continue to poke and prod at the Orioles' competition in the American League East, it's worth a quick check of how these teams have been addressing their glovework in the offseason. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com wrote this week about the propensity of John Farrell (and his third base-infielders coach Brian Butterfield)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | February 27, 2013
SARSOTA, Fla. --It's split-squad day! Today marks the first of two Orioles' split-squad dates but this is the only day-night split-squad day-night double header. The Orioles travel team will board the bus from Sarasota at 8:45 a.m. and head to Tampa to face the Yankees.  I'll be providing updates from Steinbrenner Field as right-hander Jake Arrieta starts for the Orioles. Columnist Peter Schmuck will be covering the Orioles nightcap home game against the Red Sox here at Ed Smith Stadium.
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Peter Schmuck | February 26, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Adam Jones is in one of his moods and it's hard to blame him. The Orioles did what many thought would be impossible in 2012. They ended a string of 14 straight losing seasons and played all the way into October before losing a very tight American League Division Series to the New York Yankees. So why is everybody so convinced that they will stumble back to mediocrity this year? Why are the so-called experts and oddsmakers setting the bar so low when the Orioles have basically the same team back and have a chance to get much more from several key players who were injured in 2013?
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
Here's another subplot in the build-up to what should be a free-for-all in the AL East this summer: Almost every team in the division can play the nobody-believed-in-us card. With the exception of maybe the Blue Jays, who generated the most offseason hype this winter, the teams in baseball's deepest division might all enter the season with a chip on their shoulder. Case in point: Yankees first baseman (and Mount St. Joe alum) Mark Teixeira suggesting that his $200 million team is embracing an underdog role this season.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | February 14, 2013
The American League East has long been considered one of baseball's toughest divisions, and that should hold true again in 2013. But it's no longer a division dominated by a couple high-spending teams and the occasional upstart. Suddenly, the AL East is being recognized for its top-to-bottom depth. The Orioles had their best finish in the division in 15 years in 2012, taking second place and earning a wild-card berth. The Blue Jays are the unofficial champions of the off-season, going from a fourth-place club to a World Series contender.
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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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