Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/5/12

This is uncharted territory for a generation of Baltimore Orioles fans.

With a 12-0 trouncing of the Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday, plus a New York Yankees loss to the Rays in Tampa Bay, the Orioles moved into a share of first place in the American League East.

A year ago Tuesday, the Orioles were 30 games out of first place.

In Toronto on Tuesday, the Orioles got ahead enough to rest some regulars late in the game.

It's the latest the Orioles have held a share of the lead in the division since 1997, when the club went wire-to-wire to win the division crown.

The Yankees held a firm grasp of the division for much of 2012, holding sole possession of first place since June 11.

The last time the Orioles were in first place this late in a season, Zach Britton was 10. On Tuesday, he picked up the victory with seven shutout innings.

Manny Machado went 3-for-5 Tuesday. In September 1997, the Orioles' current starting third baseman was 5.

A new generation is being introduced to a playoff atmosphere in Baltimore. So is most of the roster.

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