The Baltimore Orioles aren't about to let another key injury and the pressure of being in a pennant race deter their effort to secure a postseason berth for the first time since 1997.
With 22 games left in the regular season, the Orioles trail the New York Yankees by one game in the AL East and are a game up in the wild-card race. It's rather heady stuff for a team that finished in last place in each of the previous four years as part of a run of 14 successive losing seasons.
Closer Jim Johnson says, ''We're a loose bunch of guys because people picked us not to be here.''
The Orioles will have to compete without star right fielder Nick Markakis, who broke his left thumb Saturday.