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February 14, 2010
AL EAST Yankees Starting point: 103-59, 1st (beat Twins in first round, Angels in ALCS and Phillies in World Series). Project manager: Brian Cashman. General contractor: Joe Girardi. Bones: The free agent spending binge of 2009 contributed to the Yankees winning their first championship since 2000, but the team wasn't as deep as its record suggests. Girardi used only three starting pitchers in the playoffs. New materials: CF/leadoff Curtis Granderson, RHP Javier Vazquez, DH-1B Nick Johnson, OF Randy Winn, OF Marcus Thames, LHP Boone Logan.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh joined the flood of congratulatory text messages delivered to Orioles manager Buck Showalter. The Orioles clinched their first American League East division title since 1997 on Tuesday night with a victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Showalter visited Harbaugh at the Ravens' training complex last year and took part in a coin toss during a Ravens game at M&T Bank Stadium in 2012, when the Orioles qualified for the playoffs as a wild-card team. The Ravens won the Super Bowl after that season.
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By Peter Schmuck | April 3, 2005
It's not only major league baseball's top rivalry. It's also the premier rivalry of all American professional sports, and it keeps getting better. The Red Sox's first world title in 86 years has raised the level of intensity in both Boston and New York, but the Sox will be without two major figures from last year's team. Pedro Martinez has jumped to the Mets and postseason hero Derek Lowe signed with the Dodgers, forcing manager Terry Francona to enter the 2005 season with a reconfigured pitching staff that will be without ace Curt Schilling for at least the first couple of weeks.
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September 17, 2014
Not long ago, it was suggested by more than one sportswriter that the Baltimore Orioles would never again win the American League East. Not merely because they were bad (although during the post-1997 cellar-dwelling years, they certainly were) but because the checkbook-advantaged franchises in New York and Boston had too great an advantage in the age of free agency. So that raucous celebration by players and fans alike Tuesday evening at Camden Yards after the Orioles clinched the division with an 8-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays was understandable and well-deserved.
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By RICK MAESE | September 18, 2008
For each of the past 10 seasons, there has been little variety atop the American League East standings. Every year, it's either the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox. To get an idea of how long it has been, the Orioles were the most recent non-Sox, non-Yanks first-place team in the division and major league baseball hadn't even found Tampa, Fla., yet. Here we are, just two weeks left in the season, and there's actually a chance for a new king to sit...
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By Dan Connolly and Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com | March 31, 2009
This time last year, the Tampa Bay Rays were hoping to shed the loser label that dogged them for the franchise's first 10 seasons. They wanted to show they were no longer the American League East's doormat. Mission accomplished - in a big way. The Rays went from the worst record in the majors in 2007 to the World Series in 2008, losing in five games to the Philadelphia Phillies. From 96 losses to 97 wins and their first division and league titles. Now, the Rays and manager Joe Maddon have a different challenge.
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July 14, 2005
WHO'S HOT The Red Sox lead the American League East at the All-Star break for the first time since 1995. WHO'S NOT Jason Bay of the Pirates enters the second half in a 1-for-18 slump.
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March 30, 2007
AL East previews The Sun's Dan Connolly writes about the Orioles' American League East rivals: Yesterday: Devil Rays Today: Blue Jays Tomorrow: Red Sox Sunday: Yankees For previous articles, go to baltimoresun.com/sports/baseball
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April 28, 2007
Miguel Tejada, Orioles shortstop Are you surprised that the New York Yankees entered last night in last place in the American League East? Yeah. I think that surprises the whole world with the way A-Rod has been hitting and with the team that they have. ... They have everything to make a comeback. There's nothing for them to worry about.
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April 30, 2009
Red Sox@Rays 7 p.m. [MLB Network] Sure, it's still only April. And sure, the Rays aren't exactly lighting up the American League East standings. But tune in to see whether Tampa Bay can recapture the magic from when it beat Boston in seven games in the 2008 AL Championship Series.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
After the Orioles drained bottles of champagne inside the home clubhouse of Camden Yards, leaving behind not a dry spot in a room littered with corks and empty beer bottles, they ran toward the dugout for a postgame party that Baltimore had long awaited. They celebrated their first American League East division title in 17 years Tuesday night after their 8-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays with their hometown fans at Camden Yards. Their coronation as newly recrowned kings of the AL East came in front of a sea of orange -- an announced 34,297 -- entirely on its feet, standing as right-hander Tommy Hunter closed out the game with a grounder to first base.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2014
The Orioles lost Saturday and the Toronto Blue Jays won. That means the Orioles' magic number - the combination of wins and Toronto Blue Jays losses - for clinching the American League East stays at five. To be able to clinch without having to sweep the Blue Jays in their three-game series starting Monday, the Orioles would need to win Sunday (or get some outisde help from the Tampa Bay Rays this week). The earliest the Orioles can clinch is Tuesday. Basically, if the Orioles have a magic number of four entering the Toronto series, then so long as the Orioles win two of three against Toronto, they eliminate the Blue Jays.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
I remember back in October 1979 when a popular morning disc jockey in Baltimore was crowing after the Orioles were up three games to one in the World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He dedicated the Eagles' “Heartache Tonight,” to Pittsburgh Pirates fans on the morning of Game 5. We all know how that worked out. So I'm not here to be a premature bartender. If you believe in jinxes, just nod politely and move to the end of the bar and I'll talk to everyone else.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2014
BOSTON -- Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen once fell four outs away from throwing a perfect game while he was pitching in Japan, so it's not like Wednesday's brief flirtation with baseball history in the Orioles' 10-6 win at Fenway Park was unchartered territory. “It comes across your mind, but still a perfect game is very difficult to do,” Chen said through an interpreter after his perfect-game attempt was broken up with one out in the sixth. “I just tried to concentrate on each at-bat.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 10, 2014
BOSTON -- One of the criticisms of the Orioles this season is that they have trouble scoring consistently when they are not hitting home runs. And that trend may catch up with them in the postseason when they'll be facing quality pitching every night. For now, though, this homer-happy bunch continues to embrace who they are: Baseball's most powerful club and, consequently, the runaway leader in the American League East. On Tuesday, the Orioles flexed their muscles again, hitting three home runs, including two by newcomer Alejandro De Aza, in a 4-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in front of an announced 37,008 at Fenway Park.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2014
CHICAGO -- After the Orioles opened up their largest division lead in nearly 17 years with a 5-1 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, the visiting clubhouse of U.S. Cellular Field was loose. Players sang along to the lyrics of the Zac Brown Band's song, "Free," as it blasted from the speakers after the Orioles -- sparked by a magnificent start from right-hander Chris Tillman -- extended their American League East advantage over the New York Yankees to 8 1/2 games. It's the club's largest lead in the division since Sept.
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September 10, 1998
American League East Division champions this decade:Year, Club1990, Boston Red Sox1991, Toronto Blue Jays1992, Toronto Blue Jays1993, Toronto Blue Jays1994, Strike1995, Boston Red Sox1996, New York Yankees1997, Orioles1998, New York YankeesPub Date: 9/10/98
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | May 1, 2009
Expected to contend with the Orioles for last place in the American League East, the Blue Jays are percentage points behind the first-place Boston Red Sox and have an AL-leading 15 victories. A big reason is the surprising start of their offense, which had scored a league-leading 136 runs through Wednesday, and had a .290 team batting average. Former Oriole Kevin Millar is hitting .343 with one homer and seven RBIs while coming off the bench for the Blue Jays. Toronto was 12-6 against the Orioles last season and hasn't lost a season-series to its AL East rivals since 2004.
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Peter Schmuck | August 9, 2014
Suddenly, it seems like it's all right there for the taking, and everyone - the Orioles, their fans and maybe even their closest competition - senses the leaves are going to turn orange and black in the fall. The Orioles moved to six games ahead in the American League East on Saturday with a resounding, 10-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, in which they flexed their considerable muscles for the second day in a row before a national television audience. The Orioles now have the third-best record in baseball and the biggest lead of any of the six divisions.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2014
TORONTO -- This time of the year in Toronto, fans typically are gearing up for preseason hockey camps and satisfying their need for sports with the Canadian Football League. In other words, the Blue Jays haven't been relevant this late in the season in a long time. So when the first-place Orioles arrived Tuesday to open a three-game series between the top two teams in the American League East standings, there was some unusual buzz at the Rogers Centre. Fans lined in front of the ticket counter four hours before the game.
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