Orioles hope to trade wild card for AL East flag

Associated Press  |  Last updated October 01, 2012
It's been a zany, unpredictable season for the Baltimore Orioles, so perhaps it's only fitting that the magical moment when they clinched a playoff berth occurred while they were on a chartered flight forced to land short of its destination. Instead of spraying each other with champagne - the intended celebration earlier Sunday - the players exchanged handshakes. And that was OK, because the Orioles consider wrapping up a wild-card spot to be merely a stopover on their journey to the World Series. It's a lofty goal for a team coming off 14 straight losing seasons and four consecutive last-place finishes. Yet there appears to be no boundary to what this team can accomplish. The next objective is the AL East title, which is still up for grabs.
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