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In the AL East, the Baltimore Orioles for years were like the annoying little brother that nobody let play with them. But now they’re playing with the big boys, and they’re doing much better than them. They’ve slipped under everybody’s radar and gone from sitting in the AL East basement to hanging out on top.
The Orioles are a great young team. It’s as though one year they just grew into being a legitimate threat. Actually, most of their starting lineup is under 30 years old, which is a huge advantage for them. That usually means less major injuries and more stamina.
All of the Red Sox fans who haven’t been able to fully block the end of the 2011 season out of their heads know what the Orioles are capable of. Except now they have gone from keeping AL East teams out of the playoffs to being playoff contenders themselves. That’s a scary thought for all of the other teams. For years the AL East has been one of the toughest, ...