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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.
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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.
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By Howard Richman and Howard Richman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 5, 2002
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Just one more. The Blast beat the Kansas City Comets, 20-18, at Kemper Arena last night, reducing its magic number to make the Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs to one. A Blast win or a Cleveland loss will ensure fourth-place Baltimore a spot in the postseason. Putting this one in the win column at first looked like it might be easy. But it was anything but simple. The Blast took the lead for good on midfielder Denison Cabral's three-point goal at 9 minutes, 15 seconds of the fourth quarter.
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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 Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Staff Writer | September 25, 1993
TORONTO -- While the rest of the pretenders continue their September slumber, the Toronto Blue Jays are waltzing to a third straight division title.And the natives on this side of the border are ready for a clinching party at home. That became more of a reality last night as the Blue Jays all but officially knocked the New York Yankees from the American League East race with a 7-3 victory.With the Orioles also edging closer to elimination with a 2-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers, the Blue Jays reduced their magic number to three.
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By Buster Olney and Buster Olney,SUN STAFF | September 28, 1996
TORONTO -- Long after the Orioles lost to Toronto, 3-2, last night, after second baseman Roberto Alomar was ejected and spat in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck, they clinched at least a tie for the wild-card berth.Seattle, which was the closest pursuer to the Orioles, lost 8-1 to Oakland late last night, reducing the Orioles' magic number for winning the wild-card race to one. Their magic number against Chicago is also one, because the White Sox won last night.The Mariners can only beat out the Orioles for the final American League playoff spot if they defeat Oakland today and tomorrow, then beat the Cleveland Indians in a makeup game Monday, while the Orioles lose their final two games against the Blue Jays.
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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.
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By Joe Strauss and Joe Strauss,SUN STAFF | September 21, 1997
With a long-projected lineup that a season of injury and illness had made more fantasy than reality, the Orioles took another decisive step toward a long-awaited division title yesterday. And maybe something far more satisfying.A nine-run second inning -- the team's biggest this season -- put away the Detroit Tigers early in what ended as a 12-8 beating, cutting the Orioles' magic number to clinch the American League East crown to three.After a week of questions, the Orioles slowly are receiving answers.
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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 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 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.
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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.
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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 | 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.
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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2013
The Obama administration made an appeal in recent days to young uninsured singles: Half of the group may pay only $50 a month with subsidies for a health insurance policy. Those ages 18 to 34 are crucial to holding down premiums by balancing older adults who typically have more medical problems and are much more likely to buy health insurance. A month after the launch of the federal and state online insurance marketplaces, it's not clear whether enough young people will buy insurance, even if it looks like a deal.
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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 Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Evening Sun Staff | September 27, 1991
If you look at the standings and do the simple but tricky math correctly, you can figure out that the magic number for the Toronto Blue Jays to clinch the American League's Eastern Division title is eight.That's the same number of pitches Boston reliever Greg Harris needed to walk Randy Milligan and Dwight Evans to force in the winning run in the second game of yesterday's doubleheader with the Orioles. The 6-5 loss, following Roger Clemens' gut-wrenching 2-1 win over Dave Johnson in the opener, sent the Red Sox out of town thinking of a different kind of magic number.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,edward.lee@baltsun.com | December 30, 2008
The Ravens' running-back-by-committee approach has helped the unit join some elite company in the NFL this season. The New York Giants' Brandon Jacobs and Derrick Ward became the fourth pair in league history to each rush for 1,000 yards. The Carolina Panthers' DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart became the fourth duo to each score 10 rushing touchdowns in the same season. The Ravens became the only team in the NFL to have running backs who have collected 900 (902 by fullback Le'Ron McClain)
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By COMPILED FROM NEWS SERVICE AND WEB REPORTS | September 8, 2008
As a pickup line, "I'm Joba Chamberlain" certainly beats "I've lost my number; can I have yours?" And, according to a young man who apparently enjoyed a fruitful summer on the Jersey Shore, the pitcher's pitch helped him hit home runs. Ryan Ward, a 29-year-old unemployed resident of Asbury Park, bears a resemblance to the New York Yankees' pitcher. So he started telling people that's who he was. To hear him tell it - to the New York Post, no less - it was great to be young and a pretend Yankee, especially when it came to women.
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