Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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The Baltimore Orioles perched alone atop the AL East may come as a surprise to many, but not to them. Now, they'll try to get a rare home win against James Shields before hosting another divisional challenger. The Orioles look to continue proving they're not a fluke by sweeping the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards for the first time in almost five years on Sunday. Baltimore (22-12) has been a mostly moribund franchise since winning the East and reaching the AL championship series in 1997, the last time the club finished with a winning record. For that reason, today's Orioles stand out as of the biggest surprises of 2012, currently tied with Texas for the best record in the AL. They've opened a two-game lead in the division by winning the first two games of this series, beating Tampa Bay 5-3 on Saturday after opening the three-game set Friday with a 4-3 victory. "We found people that we can play with and we can win (with)," reliever Pedro Strop said. "A lot of people are asking m...
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