(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer The Orioles made baseball relevant in Baltimore again, shedding the stigma of 14 consecutive losing seasons with a wildly successful run that vastly exceeded all realistic expectations.
Baltimore stayed in contention for the AL East crown until the final day, reached the postseason, won its wild-card game and pushed the New York Yankees to the brink in the division series before losing 3-1 on Friday night in the deciding fifth game.
After the sting of elimination fades, the Orioles will savor their 93-69 season and remember the scene at Camden Yards when two straight sellout crowds cheered the home team's first appearance in the playoffs since 1997.
''The feeling, with the crowd screaming and waving the towels, you couldn't hear yourself think,'' first baseman Mark Reynolds said.
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