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November 15, 2009
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | October 13, 2014
Facing a daunting 0-2 deficit in the American League Championship Series, the Orioles will need more than a little luck to make it to the World Series. They need some magic. For more than three decades, the team's penchant for comebacks has been captured in a song many fans still sing today. "Orioles Magic (Feel It Happen)" has accompanied the O's through the heyday of Wild Bill Hagy, through a 1983 World Series championship, through Cal Ripken Jr. 's 2,632-consecutive-game streak and through a 14-season playoff drought that ended in 2012.
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By Tribune Newspapers | May 29, 2010
BOSTON — In the end, it was the beginning of the games that doomed the Magic and sent them on an unwanted vacation. The Celtics followed a familiar pattern in a clinching 96-84 victory in Game 6 on Friday night, charging out to take control and earn their second trip to the NBA Finals in three seasons. They will face the winner of the Western Conference finals between the Lakers and Suns, which the Lakers lead 3-2. The Celtics built upon early leads in three of their four victories, a tell-tale Game 3 rout putting the Magic in an inescapable 0-3 series hole.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 16, 2012
I was one of 25,000-plus "businessmen" playing hooky at the "Businessman's Special" Thursday at Oriole Park. Most of us spent the entire five hours and 14 minutes at the Yard, meetings, phone calls and emails waiting for another day. (Note to my partners: I did go in early to get a few things done before heading to the game. I need this job so I can buy more O's tickets.) We stayed though the nail biting and nerve racking 14 innings to the glorious end. To leave sooner would've been to jinx the home team and be the sorry cause of a lost opportunity.
SPORTS
December 22, 2010
They won't get far Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel What the Magic should do is undo what they did. Why make any move while Carmelo Anthony is still on the market? That's the move the Magic needed, one that likely could have been made through a far less disruptive process, with the type of rebuilding pieces that could have benefited the Nuggets, pieces such as Marcin Gortat, Brandon Bass, Mickael Pietrus, J.J. Redick and other serviceable parts that could have fast-tracked a Denver rebuild.
NEWS
May 5, 2010
The Magic showed they could survive with Dwight Howard in chronic foul trouble. With him on the floor, they looked dominant. Howard had 21 points and 12 rebounds in one of the most crushing wins in Magic history, a 114-71 victory over the visiting Hawks on Tuesday night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal. Howard added five blocks and avoided the fouls and frustration that overwhelmed him in the first round, helping the Magic go ahead by as many as 46 points.
SPORTS
April 8, 2012
Magic will make change Ira Winderman Sun Sentinel Of course Stan Van Gundy won't keep his job with the Magic, and he's coaching them in name only now, simply collecting checks until someone, perhaps his "source" in the front office, puts him out of his misery by issuing him his sought-after golden pink slip. The Magic will do what seemingly every team in sports does, go from a hard-driving coach to an easygoing type in a bid to change the culture and appease the restless.
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Kevin Cowherd | December 1, 2012
The question came at John Harbaugh from a thicket of cameras and microphones, one of those existential-type deals football coaches hate. "Does it feel like a charmed season at all?" a TV guy wanted to know. "You've had so many close wins. Is it big-picture like that or does it not matter? Do you get a sense of something special with this season?" Harbaugh looked like a man who'd just eaten a bad piece of fish. "I don't believe in magic," the Ravens coach said quickly. "I never have.
SPORTS
October 20, 2010
NEW YORK — The Yankees have the right guy going to the mound. No question about that. But did CC Sabathia learn anything watching Josh Beckett? More to the point, can he become Josh Beckett? The Yankees aren't quite to the point where they need outright miracles, but after suffering a third straight pounding at the hands of the white-hot Rangers, they do need Sabathia to work magic in Game 5. Nothing is tougher for a baseball team that is trying to do something unprecedented or unexpected than to get its fourth victory in a playoff series.
SPORTS
Peter Schmuck | September 16, 2014
It's almost hard to get your arms around. Three years ago, the Orioles were a divisional doormat with a 14-year losing streak and a frustrated fan base that didn't know if the franchise would ever figure out which way was up. Six months ago, they were a projected third-place team - at best - with a one-dimensional offense and a questionable pitching staff. Today, they are American League East champions and they are headed for the postseason with a chance to reach the World Series for the first time since 1983.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
All the postseason math - all the talk of magic numbers and scoreboard watching - is now a thing of the past. Just one win now separates the Orioles and their first American League East division title since 1997. Opening up their three-game series with the second-place Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night at Camden Yards, the Orioles' path to the postseason was simple: Win two of the games and punch a ticket to the playoffs. And the Orioles took one humongous step Monday toward winning the division with their 5-2 win over Toronto, giving the club an opportunity to clinch a division title with a win Tuesday.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
With a doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees at Camden Yards on Friday combined with the Toronto Blue Jays' 1-0 loss at home against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles magic number is five. Five. What that means is if they go just 5-3 in the remaining eight games on this homestand they have clinched their first American League East title since 1997. They don't need anyone else's help so long as they go 5-3. Put it another way. If they win just one of their remaining two against the Yankees this weekend and then beat the Blue Jays two of three from Monday to Wednesday, the Orioles are AL East champs.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
When the Toronto Blue Jays overtook the New York Yankees for second place earlier this week and then won their game Wednesday night, the Blue Jays guaranteed that the Orioles couldn't capture the American League East crown until Monday at the earliest. That ruined a delicious scenario for the Orioles this weekend, potentially sweeping the Yankees at Camden Yards to clinch their first division title in 17 years. You would have needed a jumbo, battery-charged broom for that one. As it stands, the most the Orioles can do this weekend is eliminate the Yankees from the divisional race, which, for an organization that has been in the deep shadows of the Bronx Bombers for decades, is a solid consolation prize.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
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.
SPORTS
By Matt Vensel | March 11, 2011
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz was one of the best starters in baseball over the final three months of the 2010 season, going 7-1 with a 2.18 ERA, 52 strikeouts and 16 walks in 11 starts after Buck Showalter's arrival in early August. I assumed Matusz' magic was the result of the Orioles manager using his Jedi powers to guide the pitches from inside the dugout (that would explain all of Showalter's scowling). But according to ESPN's Mark Simon, the "Matusz mystique" can be attributed to the pitcher's late-season success against left-handed hitters (and Showalter's aggressive approach to pitching, not telekinesis, probably had a role in that)
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.   - Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been coy in recent days about the availability of his late-inning arms, but before Friday night's series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays, he disclosed that five of his relievers wouldn't be available. Later Friday, that would put the fate of a scoreless game in the hands of recently recalled relievers who joined the club when rosters expanded earlier this week. And the Orioles bullpen, devoid of many of the arms they would turn to in a tight game, allowed three runs in the eighth inning of an eventual 3-0 before an announced 14,632 at Tropicana Field.
SPORTS
By Peter Schmuck and Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun and By Peter Schmuck and Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
On the night the Orioles gave away "Crush Davis" action figures, first baseman Chris Davis was not in Saturday's starting lineup - in part because the Seattle Mariners started tough young left-hander James Paxton . But Davis also was absent because he is trying to get his batting stroke back and was working with hitting coach Jim Presley and organizational hitting instructor Terry Crowley . Davis, who is batting .196 with 17...
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