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.
Place: Fourth in AL EastManager: Sam Perlozzo
Most Valuable Oriole: Miguel TejadaBatting 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.
Place: Fourth in AL East