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11. They've learned to play the Yankees
Even though taking two out of three from the Bronx Bombers in an early May series at Yankee Stadium was impressive, a two-game series split with the Yankees at Camden Yards showed a newfound resilience for the O's. In years past, after hanging tough with the Yankees in a game and managing to find some new, heartbreaking way to let it slip away, the Orioles would come out the next day and get demolished. After losing a rain-soaked game to the Yankees on May 14, the Orioles came out the next day and battled against Yankees ace C.C. Sabathia, ending in a 5-2 win. The Yankees are still 5-3 in the season series, with many games still to play, but the O's have been competitive every time out.
May 22, 2012