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2010-2013: Year-by-year capsules

BaseballMajor League BaseballBaltimore OriolesChris DavisJeremy GuthrieChris Tillman

2010

Record: 66-96

Place: Fifth in American League East

Manager: Dave Trembley, Juan Samuel, Buck Showalter

Most Valuable Oriole: Luke Scott

Batting leader: Nick Markakis (.297)

Home run leader: Luke Scott (27)

RBI leader: Ty Wigginton (76)

Wins leader: Jeremy Guthrie (11)

ERA leader: Jeremy Guthrie (3.83)

Notable: After starting the year 15-39, the Orioles fired Trembley 54 games into the season. Third base coach Samuel took over for 51 games on an interim basis before vice president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail hired Buck Showalter as the permanent replacement. After he took over Aug. 3, the Orioles rallied to a 34-23 record to finish the year.

2011

Record: 69-93

Place: Fifth in AL East

Manager: Buck Showalter

Most Valuable Oriole: Adam Jones

Batting leader: Vladimir Guerrero (.290)

Home run leader: Mark Reynolds (37)

RBI leader: Mark Reynolds (86)

Wins leader: Zach Britton (11)

ERA leader: Jeremy Guthrie (4.33)

Notable: In Showalter's first full season with the club, the Orioles improved their win-loss record the previous year by only three games. In the regular-season finale, the Orioles scored twice after being down to their last out to beat the Boston Red Sox, 4-3, and eliminate their division rival from postseason contention. Boston entered the game with a 77-0 record on the season when leading after eight innings, but Robert Andino's two-out single scored Nolan Reimold to give the Orioles momentum heading into the offseason.

2012

Record: 93-69

Place: Second in AL East, second AL wild card

Postseason: Lost to Yankees in American League Division Series (3-2)

Manager: Buck Showalter

Most Valuable Oriole: Adam Jones

Batting leader: Adam Jones (.289)

Home run leader: Chris Davis (33)

RBI leader: Chris Davis (85)

Wins leader: Wei-Yin Chen (12)

ERA leader: Wei-Yin Chen (4.02)

Notable: With phenomenal success in one-run (29-9) and extra-inning (16-2) games, the Orioles snapped a streak of 14 straight losing seasons and returned to the postseason for the first time since 1997. After beating the Texas Rangers in the first AL wild-card game, the Orioles took the New York Yankees to a decisive fifth game in the ALDS before losing, 3-1, at Yankee Stadium.

2013

Record: 85-77

Place: Third in AL East

Manager: Buck Showalter

Most Valuable Oriole: Chris Davis

Batting leader: Chris Davis (.286)

Home run leader: Chris Davis (53)

RBI leader: Chris Davis (138)

Wins leader: Chris Tillman (16)

ERA leader: Chris Tillman (3.71)

Notable: Despite having five players named to the AL All-Star team for the first time since 1997, the Orioles were inconsistent. The team rallied down the stretch and played meaningful games into the season's final two weeks, but 11 losses within the division in September kept the Orioles out of the postseason. Despite missing the playoffs, the Orioles finished with a winning record for the second straight year. Chris Davis crushed his way to a franchise-record 53 home runs.

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