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With wins by the Yankees and A's yesterday, the Orioles came into this game looking more like they'd need to go on the road for the Wild Card game. Some people were happy about Oakland's win, since it knocked the Rays out of the playoff picture - perhaps making them less motivated and allowing the O's a better chance to win (I think that was silly, and was cheering for the Rangers).
* Miguel Gonzalez's final start of the 2012 regular season was one of his best; 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K. He'll end the year 9-4 with a 3.25 year. It's been a season that's more or less come out of nowhere, but the O's needed him to come up big in this game and he certainly did.
* Chris Davis hit a mammoth home run to center-field - 440 feet, I believe. That tied him with Reggie Jackson for the club record with a homer in his 6th straight game. Davis was mediocre for most of the season, after a relatively hit start, but has been on fire over the last month. He's accumulated 1.5 or so of his ~2 fWAR on the season since the beginning of September, and has hit at close to a 200 wRC+ clip (which, you know, is pretty good).
* Pretty much nothing else on offense, as the clearly disinterested James Shields pitched one of the better games I've ever seen; 9 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 15 K. Hard to blame the O's batters too much, as Shields was just dealing.
The O's the 1-0 win in the pitchers' duel, but with the Yankees' win (Raul Ibanez irritatingly hit a cheap game-tying home run in the 9th and then a walk-off bleeder through the infield in the 12th) and the A's win, the Birds remain a game back in the AL East and tied (but, with Oakland holding the tie-breaker, effectively a game back) in the Wild Card race. So Chris Tillman goes in game 162, with the hope that he can shut down the Rays and the O's can get a little help from Boston (to force a tie-breaking game for the division title) and Oakland (leaving Texas to come to Baltimore for the Wild Card game). Pretty crazy that all 5 AL playoff teams are decided but there's still a lot riding on the last day of the season.
BEST OF MAXIM
Chris Davis hit a homerun for the six straight game tying a Baltimore Oriole record. Davis now has hit seven home runs over that span to take over the team lead with 33 home runs. He also leads the Orioles with 85 RBI. The homer, off Tampa Bay Rays pitcher James Shields, was the Orioles first hit of Tuesday night’s game.
The Orioles won the game 1-0.
Earlier this week the Orioles...
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The Orioles have clinched a play-off spot. Wow. That feels a little weird to write after the last 14 years (especially given expectations going into this season), but it's true. The team is guaranteed at least a Wild Card spot, and given the...
While the Baltimore Orioles have guaranteed their spot in
the postseason, their playoff roster continues to take shape. Baltimore received some good and bad news yesterday regarding two of their injured
players; right fielder Nick Markakis and right-hander Jason Hammel.
The Orioles announced that the pins in Markakis’ thumb won’t
be removed for another week. The 28-year...
The Orioles had their best season since 1997, but the finish left something to be desired in Baltimore. Like a home playoff game, for example. Entering the season's final series in Tampa Bay, Baltimore held its own fate, with the potential for at least one postseason game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. But after Evan Longoria homered three times, the Orioles boarded a...
The last time our Baltimore Orioles clinched a playoff berth I was 4 years old.
This is new territory for myself as well as the generation that was “lost” in close to a decade and a half of consecutive losing seasons. But that’s all in the past now – we are losers no more, we are playoff starved no more.
But this ride doesnt feel like its coming to an end anytime soon.
After the most eventful Sunday in recent Baltimore Orioles history -- an emergency landing in Jacksonville, Fla., followed by the mathematical clinching of their first postseason berth in 15 years -- star center fielder Adam Jones sought context.
"I didn't know we were going to be as good as we were," Jones said, in a quiet moment at his locker Monday afternoon. "...
Some local Baltimore artists and fans decided it was time to update the Orioles Magic song.
What do you think, Birds fans? I certainly enjoy the video, but I think I prefer the retro, silly, classic lyrics and song style. Here’s the old one to compare.
The Baltimore Orioles announced that right-hander Jason
Hammel will be available to start a potential American League Division series
opener this weekend, reports Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun:
"It feels as good as
it's going to feel until the season's over," Hammel said before Tuesday's
game against the Tampa Bay Rays. "I'm not thinking about...
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...
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But there's a link between the team's current architect and a tormenter from Octobers past.
Yes, Jeffrey Maier played for Orioles general manager Dan Duquette....
The Baltimore Orioles have done just about all they can to stay in contention for the AL East title.
Their efforts still may not be enough, but being home for the wild-card game isn't the worst consolation.
With a division title still a possibility, the Orioles hope to win their regular-season finale Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Rays and at least secure home-field...
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Cobb allowed two hits over seven innings Monday night, helping the Tampa Bay Rays keep their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
Ben Zobrist hit his 20th homer and Chris Giminez had a two-run double off Wei-Yin Chen as the Rays pulled away from a 1-1 tie in the seventh. Cobb (11-9) yielded a fourth-inning single...