Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/26/12
It's still too early to lock the Orioles into or out of any playoff positions, but the last few days, the club has headed in the wrong direction. After a 4-0 defeat to Toronto on Tuesday, the Orioles have lost three of four games. The last time they hit such a rough stretch was July 23-28, when they dropped five of six. Fortunately for Baltimore, the AL East-leading New York Yankees lost 5-4 to the Minnesota Twins, leaving the Orioles still 1 1/2 games back in the division race. Baltimore holds a half-game game lead on the Oakland A's for the top AL wild-card spot. After two weeks of battling it out with New York for the division lead, the Orioles fell behind by more than a game for the first time after splitting a doubleheader with the Blue Jays on Monday. Baltimore and New York are ahead of the field, and Tampa Bay is within shouting distance of a playoff spot, but ultimately, the AL East's other two clubs -- Toronto and Boston -- will play a key role in determining the ...
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