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Friday in Texas, the Baltimore Orioles will play their first postseason game in 15 years. The 2012 season has been one of rebirth for the franchise, a fresh start after 14 consecutive years with a losing record.
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.
Maier, as a 12-year-old New York Yankees fan, reached over the wall to catch Derek Jeter's fly ball to the warning track in right field during Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium. But umpire Rich Garcia allowed the play to stand as a home run, a controversial call that helped the Yankees win the series -- and renew their dynasty.
Maier went on to star in baseball at Division III Wesleyan University, setting the school hits record in 2006. During his college career, Maier spent one summer playing for the Pittsfield (Mass.) Dukes of the New England Collegiate Baseball...
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ARLINGTON, Texas Baltimore will go with left-hander Joe Saunders, who has struggled at Rangers Ballpark, as its starter for Friday's American League wild-card game against the Rangers.
Saunders is 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts for the Orioles this year since coming over from Arizona in an August trade. He pitched six times in Arlington when he was playing for Los Angeles...
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...
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...
ARLINGTON-- Baltimore manager Buck Showalter has clearly found a formula that worked for the Orioles as the former Rangers skipper has the Birds in the playoffs for the first time since 1997. And as every Ranger fan knows, the veteran manager has built a roster filled with, well seven of them to be exact, of former Rangers.
This is a diverse group, one including speedy outfielder...
The Baltimore Orioles have announced their starter for their
one-game Wild Card playoff against the Texas Rangers, and it’s not going to be
Jason Hammel or Steve Johnson. While the Orioles have instead decided to hand
the ball to veteran left-hander Joe Saunders, Hammel and Johnson could figure
into the team’s playoff equation if they’re able to advance beyond Texas.
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...
John Stockstill, Director of Player Personnel for the Baltimore Orioles, provided Access Athletes with a rare look into the inner workings of the MLB’s most resurgent franchise.
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...
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...
If I would have told you six months ago that the Rangers and Orioles would be in the AL's Wild Card playoff game, I bet you would have imagined that the Angels ran roughshod over the AL West, and that two out of the three top contenders in the AL East had a massive breakdown. Well...that's sort of accurate. But at any rate, here we are, with the Rangers and Orioles and their...
This year the new rules for the Wild Card round will be put into effect, with a one game playoff deciding the fates of four teams. In the American League the Baltimore Orioles, who failed to overtake the AL East from the Yankees, make the trip to Arlington Texas to face off against the Texas [...]
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