Batting leader: Brian Roberts (.314)

Home run leader: Melvin Mora (27)

RBI leader: Miguel Tejada (98)

Wins leader: Rodrigo Lopez (15)

ERA leader: Bruce Chen (3.83)

Notable: The Orioles led the American League East for much of the first half of the season, but they collapsed after the All-Star break. First baseman Rafael Palmeiro was suspended Aug. 1 for 10 games after violating Major League Baseball's policy on banned substances, and Mazzilli was fired three days later. Second baseman Brian Roberts made the All-Star team for the first of two times in his career.


Record: 70-92

Place: Fourth in AL East

Manager: Sam Perlozzo

Most Valuable Oriole: Miguel Tejada

Batting leader: Miguel Tejada (.330)

Home run leader: Miguel Tejada (24)

RBI leader: Miguel Tejada (100)

Wins leader: Erik Bedard (15)

ERA leader: Erik Bedard (3.76)

Notable: The Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, owned primarily by the Orioles, started 24-hour programming in July. Markakis made the club's 25-man roster out of spring training and batted .291 with 16 home runs and 62 RBIs. He finished sixth in AL Rookie of the Year voting.


Record: 69-93

Place: Fourth in AL East