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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - When the Orioles left Baltimore for their final series of the regular season, manager Buck Showalter said that one of his team's main goals was to make sure it hadn't played its final game at Camden Yards of 2012. And the one thing the Orioles could control entering their regular-season finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Wednesday night was ensuring a home playoff game with a win. But at the end of a season in which they overcame obstacles and resuscitated baseball in Baltimore, the Orioles' bats fell silent against the best pitching staff in the game.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 8, 2014
If you're an Orioles fan and you're concerned about the fact that the two wild-card teams have made it to the League Championship Series round of the postseason, there's no reason to fret about it. I've always believed that the wild-card teams had a bit of an emotional advantage entering the playoffs, because they generally have to grind right to the final weekend of the season before punching their ticket to the playoffs. It seems logical and it has held true over the course of the wild-card era. However, it's going to matter less in the LCS round because everybody has been playing tough, tight games through the first two playoff rounds.
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January 4, 2011
Saints in great spot Ken Murray Baltimore Sun This might be the best wild-card field in recent memory. I like the chances of three of the four to win at least one game, and the fourth, the Jets, could win. A wild-card team has reached the conference championship game the last three years, so there is precedence. The teams in the best position to pull that off are the Saints and Packers in the NFC. The Saints get the biggest break of the first round with a game against the Seahawks.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2014
DETROIT - After his team completed a tense, 2-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Sunday to advance to the American League Championship Series, Orioles manager Buck Showalter was congratulated at the beginning of his postgame news conference for winning his first playoff series as a manager. “Really? I got one in Albany,” Showalter quipped, referring to an Eastern League crown in 1989. When the reporter specified he was talking about the majors, Showalter replied: “They're all relevant.” Fair enough.
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By Jamison Hensley jamison.hensley@baltsun.com | January 8, 2010
T he Ravens are 3 1/2 -point underdogs heading into Sunday's playoff game at New England. But that suits the Ravens just fine. In their 14-year existence, the Ravens play best in their first game of the playoffs when they aren't expected to win. When they've entered the playoffs as AFC North champions (2003 and 2006), the Ravens were upset in their first games. When they've been wild cards (2000, 2001 and 2008), the Ravens have never lost in the opening round. But Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason refuses to play up the underdog role.
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December 20, 2011
Chargers will surprise Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times The stunner here is the Chargers. I think they are going to sneak into the postseason, despite their six-game losing streak, by winning their final two games at Detroit and Oakland and relying on the Dolphins to beat the Jets in Week 17. So I have the sixth-seeded Chargers playing at Houston in the first round, and Baltimore at Denver in the other AFC wild-card game....
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The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2012
Tickets are sold out for possible Orioles home games in the wild-card and American League Division Series rounds of the playoffs, a club spokesman said Monday. The news came as the Orioles returned to Baltimore to begin their final homestand of the season with a one-game lead for the top spot in the AL wild-card race. Tickets for the wild card and Games 1 and 2 of the division series were gone within an hour after they went on sale to the public Saturday morning, said Orioles spokesman Greg Bader.
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October 4, 2012
Wild-card round Friday, both on TBS NL - St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves, 5:07 p.m. AL - Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers, 8:37 p.m.   Division Series All games on TBS Saturday ALDS Game 1 - Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers, 6:07 p.m. NLDS Game 1 - Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants, 9:37 p.m. Sunday ALDS Game 1 - New York Yankees at Baltimore/Texas NLDS Game 1 - Washington Nationals...
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2012
Cal Ripken Jr. will be in the broadcast booth for TBS during the wild-card and division series rounds. The Hall of Fame former Oriole has previously served as a studio analyst for TBS's postseason coverage, but he made his in-booth debut during an Orioles-Yankees game at Camden Yards earlier this month. Ripken will join play-by-play voice Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz for wild-card and division round coverage. It has not yet been determined which games and series that crew will work.
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The Baltimore Sun | September 25, 2012
With the Orioles nearing the end of the season in the hunt for the American League East title and one of two wild-card positions, here's a primer on what happens in the case of a tie. In the simplest terms, if two teams tie for a division title or the final wild-card spot, a one-game tiebreaker will be played. At this point, if the Orioles and Yankees were to tie for the division, the O's would host the tiebreaker game by the virtue of their better record in division games. Here are all the details: Determining Home-Field Advantage in Two-Team Tiebreakers 1. Head-to-head winning percentage during the 2012 regular season.
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The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
With the Kansas City Royals' thrilling, 12-inning victory in the American League wild-card playoff game early this morning, the start time for the Orioles' first game of the divisional playoffs has been set. The O's will play the Detroit Tigers at 5:37 p.m. Thursday at Camden Yards. The game would have started a half hour later had the Oakland A's won the wild-card game. The Orioles will send Chris Tillman to the mound in Game 1 against 2013 Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer.
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By Jeff Barker, The Baltimore Sun | June 8, 2014
Del. Jon S. Cardin leads the Democratic field in the race for Maryland attorney general, but the contest remains far from settled because of a striking number of undecided voters and a well-funded challenger who is gaining ground, according to a new poll conducted for The Baltimore Sun. The campaign to succeed attorney general Douglas F. Gansler appears to be the most volatile statewide contest in the June 24 primary. It possesses an unusual dynamic - Cardin, of Baltimore County, leads despite having far less cash on hand and fewer high-profile endorsements than state Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
* Monique Jones Last week: 14-2 Overall: 161-94-1 SATURDAY Chiefs over Colts Eagles over Saints SUNDAY Bengals over Chargers 49ers over Packers * Mike Preston Last week: 14-2 Overall: 153-102-1 SATURDAY Chiefs over Colts Eagles over Saints SUNDAY Bengals ...
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2013
During the first few weeks of the NFL season, it seemed apparent that the AFC North would be hard-pressed to send more than one team into the playoffs this year. The seeming parity in the division pointed to a second-place team finishing around .500, and the sudden emergence of the Kansas City Chiefs as a very strong playoff contender in the West left room to speculate that there really is only one wild card berth in play in the conference. That is all still the case, but the landscape in the AFC has changed pretty dramatically over the course of the first half of the season.
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Sports on TV | October 2, 2013
WEDNESDAY'S TELEVISION HIGHLIGHTS NASCAR K&N Pro Series: New Hampshire (T) FS11 MLB play. AL wild card:Tampa Bay@Cleveland TBS8 C. football Maine@Richmond (T) CSN11 a.m. S. Methodist@Texas Christian (T) MASN27 NHL Toronto@Montreal (T) NHL1 Washington@Chicago (T) NHL3 Buffalo@Detroit NBCSN8 NFL A Football Life: Steve Sabol (T) NFL4 Soccer Serie A: C. Calcio vs Inter Milano (T)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It was perhaps an unfair test, especially with outstanding right-hander Alex Cobb on the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays, but the bleary-eyed, sleep-deprived Orioles had a chance Saturday afternoon to make a statement in a once-promising season that is spiraling away. Instead, the offense came out flat, starter Miguel Gonzalez had one rough inning and the Orioles lost 5-1 at Tropicana Field, essentially cranking up the incline on the club's already treacherously steep climb toward a postseason berth.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 29, 2012
There were two important developments on Friday at Camden Yards that could shed a little more light on who might pitch a one-game wild-card playoff next Friday. Chris Tillman again pitched exceptionally well Friday night - a one-hitter over eight innings against the Boston Red Sox. And Jason Hammel tested his right knee again Friday afternoon with a three-inning simulated game in the bullpen. He threw 47 pitches and rested in between each simulated inning, like he would during a game.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - It started out as a must-win. It eventually became a must-end. On Friday night (and Saturday morning), the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays combined for the longest game, time-wise, in both franchises' histories, a six hour, 54-minute, 18-inning ordeal that ended on David DeJesus' single to right that gave the celebrating Rays a 5-4 win. "Long. Devastating, obviously," Orioles third baseman Manny Machado said. "Would have been much better if we would have came out with the win. But they came [out]
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
BOSTON - The Orioles' extra-inning battles in Boston last season helped build this franchise a new foundation of winning against the big, bad Red Sox. And this year's version of the Orioles never needed a victory at Fenway Park as badly as it did Wednesday night. A day after setting a club record with his 51st homer, Orioles first baseman Chris Davis helped his team win with small ball, hitting a two-out, two-run single through the middle of the infield against left-hander Franklin Morales (2-2)
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