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  • Tigers announce ALDS rotation

    Tigers announce ALDS rotation 

    The Detroit Tigers have announced their rotation for the first four games of the American League Division Series against the Orioles that begins Thursday at Camden Yards.

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    Looking at Nelson Cruz's history against the Tigers and the O's ALDS rotation possibilities

    Looking at Nelson Cruz's history against the Tigers and the O's ALDS rotation possibilities 

    When Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette introduced Nelson Cruz to the media back in February, he was quick to point out the slugger’s postseason accolades.

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    Possible start times announced for first three games of Orioles-Tigers series

    Possible start times announced for first three games of Orioles-Tigers series 

    The start times for the Orioles’ first two American League Division Series games at Camden Yards were announced Monday evening, contingent on the outcomes of both wild-card games.

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    Orioles tickets for ALDS are sold out

    Orioles tickets for ALDS are sold out

    The remaining tickets available for the three possible American League Division Series games at Camden Yards sold out in less than 15 minutes Monday morning, according to the Orioles.

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    Orioles prepare for start of postseason Thursday against Tigers

    Orioles prepare for start of postseason Thursday against Tigers 

    TORONTO – The Orioles arrived home from Canada on Sunday night and will get a day off before having workouts Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of Game 1 of the American League Division Series against the Detroit Tigers on Thursday.

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    Orioles notes on not knowing ALDS opponent, postseason rotation and more

    Orioles notes on not knowing ALDS opponent, postseason rotation and more 

    TORONTO – Orioles manager Buck Showalter wants to see his collective group of starters in action today for the team’s final regular-season game and last action before Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday.

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    As Orioles head into regular-season finale, they still don't know ALDS opponent

    As Orioles head into regular-season finale, they still don't know ALDS opponent 

    TORONTO – We’ve reached the final game of the regular season, and we still don’t know the Orioles’ opponent in the American League Division Series.

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    Buck Showalter might go with 10 pitchers in ALDS

    Buck Showalter might go with 10 pitchers in ALDS 

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he is considering carrying just 10 pitchers for the best-of-five ALDS.

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    Alexi Casilla starting at third with an opportunity to earn postseason roster spot

    Alexi Casilla starting at third with an opportunity to earn postseason roster spot 

    TORONTO – Alexi Casilla woke up Friday morning expecting to fly home to his native Dominican Republic that night to prepare for the upcoming winter ball season. Instead, he was on a flight to Toronto to join the Orioles with an opportunity to make the team’s postseason roster.

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    Veteran infielder Alexi Casilla to join Orioles as many starters rest

    Veteran infielder Alexi Casilla to join Orioles as many starters rest 

    TORONTO – The starting lineup the Orioles fielded in Friday night’s 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre was missing 98 homers and 304 RBIs. Without Nelson Cruz, Adam Jones, Steve Pearce and J.J. Hardy, the Orioles were minus a significant amount of offensive punch.

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    Miguel Gonzalez scheduled to start regular season finale in Toronto

    Miguel Gonzalez scheduled to start regular season finale in Toronto 

    TORONTO – Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez is slated to start the Orioles’ regular-season finale against the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.

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    Chris Davis plays three innings in an instructional league game Friday

    Chris Davis plays three innings in an instructional league game Friday 

    SARASOTA, Fla. -- Chris Davis returned to the baseball field Friday, but it was a field far from the one the Orioles played on in Toronto.

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    Orioles morning thoughts on third-base defense, Derek Jeter, Evan Meek and Steve Pearce

    Orioles morning thoughts on third-base defense, Derek Jeter, Evan Meek and Steve Pearce 

    NEW YORK – Over the past three seasons, one of the foundations of the Orioles success has been their defense.

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    Orioles hold team meeting to start talking about postseason plans

    Orioles hold team meeting to start talking about postseason plans 

    NEW YORK -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter plans to give the team off Monday and likely will hold workouts Tuesday and Wednesday. He held a team meeting before Thursday’s game to begin discussing the postseason protocol.

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    Orioles' Buck Showalter still deciding who will start Sunday's game

    Orioles' Buck Showalter still deciding who will start Sunday's game 

    NEW YORK -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he still hasn’t decided who will start Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre, but it appears that he’s still leaning toward picking right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez.

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    Buck Showalter reflects on Derek Jeter's career before his final home game

    Buck Showalter reflects on Derek Jeter's career before his final home game 

    NEW YORK — When the Yankee Stadium crowd began chanting New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter’s name after his final at-bat Wednesday after a routine groundout — trying to coax the future Hall of Famer out of the dugout — Orioles manager Buck Showalter knew it wasn’t happening.

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    Looking at how rain could affect Derek Jeter's farewell vs. Orioles

    Looking at how rain could affect Derek Jeter's farewell vs. Orioles 

    NEW YORK – It is scheduled to rain here throughout the day, and there’s a 70 percent chance of rain when Thursday night's series finale against the New York Yankees is supposed to begin.

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    With Orioles set for playoffs, Zach Britton and wife expecting first child

    With Orioles set for playoffs, Zach Britton and wife expecting first child 

    NEW YORK — With the Orioles preparing for the postseason, closer Zach Britton is anxiously anticipating the birth of his first child, and his baby boy’s arrival could come in the middle of the club’s playoff run.

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    Orioles' Nelson Cruz says he didn't expect 40 home runs this year

    Orioles' Nelson Cruz says he didn't expect 40 home runs this year 

    NEW YORK -- Nelson Cruz said Wednesday that he didn’t expect to hit 40 home runs before the season began, adding that staying healthy has been the key to having a career year at age 34.

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    Starting Game 1 of AL Division Series 'means a lot' to Chris Tillman

    Starting Game 1 of AL Division Series 'means a lot' to Chris Tillman 

    NEW YORK -- Right-hander Chris Tillman said he was honored to be named the Orioles’ starter in Game 1 of the American League Division Series.

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    Buck Showalter leaning toward carrying 11 pitchers in ALDS and other notes

    Buck Showalter leaning toward carrying 11 pitchers in ALDS and other notes 

    NEW YORK – Orioles manager Buck Showalter will meet with his staff Monday to decide the team’s roster for the American League Division Series. In the meantime, he still wants to get some final looks at players before making those choices.

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    Orioles announce two options for fans to purchase ALDS tickets

    Orioles announce two options for fans to purchase ALDS tickets 

    The Orioles announced two options Wednesday for fans to purchase American League Division Series tickets, and both options are available only online.

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    Thoughts on the Orioles' offense, Nelson Cruz and Bud Norris

    Thoughts on the Orioles' offense, Nelson Cruz and Bud Norris 

    NEW YORK – The Orioles go into Wednesday afternoon's game against the New York Yankees still trailing the Los Angeles Angels by 2 1/2 games  -- two games in the loss column – for the top record in the American League and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Orioles have five games left to play; the Angels have four.

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    Steve Pearce to take batting practice Wednesday, could return Thursday

    Steve Pearce to take batting practice Wednesday, could return Thursday 

    NEW YORK -- Orioles manager Buck Showater said he hopes first baseman Steve Pearce can return to the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the New York Yankees.

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    Orioles' Chris Tillman will start Game 1 of American League Division Series

    Orioles' Chris Tillman will start Game 1 of American League Division Series 

    NEW YORK – Right-hander Chris Tillman will make his postseason debut next week as the Orioles' starting pitcher in Game 1 of the American League Division Series at Camden Yards.

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    Orioles look to continue success Tuesday night in games after being shut out

    Orioles look to continue success Tuesday night in games after being shut out 

    NEW YORK -- The Orioles were held to one hit for the third time this season in last night’s 5-0 loss to the New York Yankees, tying the club record for times they’ve been one-hit in a single season (1968).

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    Orioles release 2015 spring training schedule

    Orioles release 2015 spring training schedule 

    NEW YORK – The Orioles released next season's spring training schedule Tuesday, and they will open their Grapefruit League schedule March 3 against the Tigers on the road in Lakeland, Fla., then play their home opener the next day against Detroit at Ed Smith Stadium.

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    Orioles Tuesday morning thoughts on home-field advantage, Chen and Hardy

    Orioles Tuesday morning thoughts on home-field advantage, Chen and Hardy 

    NEW YORK – The Orioles are still chasing the American League’s best record and are 2 1/2 games back of the Los Angeles Angels for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs after both teams lost Monday.

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    J.J. Hardy would like to stay, but 'everything changes' in free agency

    J.J. Hardy would like to stay, but 'everything changes' in free agency 

    NEW YORK — Shortstop J.J. Hardy reiterated after Monday's game that he would like to remain in an Orioles uniform for the rest of his career following reports out of New York that said the pending free agent would consider signing with the Yankees.

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    Orioles will use four starters in AL Division Series, Buck Showalter says

    Orioles will use four starters in AL Division Series, Buck Showalter says 

    NEW YORK — As the final week of the regular season begins, the Orioles’ postseason pitching plan is becoming clearer.

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    Orioles' Steve Pearce says his sore wrist 'feels night and day better'

    Orioles' Steve Pearce says his sore wrist 'feels night and day better' 

    NEW YORK -- Orioles first baseman-outfielder Steve Pearce said he expects to return to the starting lineup by Wednesday afternoon against the Yankees.

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    Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to start Tuesday against the New York Yankees

    Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez to start Tuesday against the New York Yankees 

    NEW YORK -- The Orioles released their rotation for the remainder of this week’s four-game series at Yankee Stadium and, as expected, right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez will start Tuesday’s game against the New York Yankees.

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    Looking more closely at Orioles' playoff scenarios heading into final week

    Looking more closely at Orioles' playoff scenarios heading into final week 

    The Orioles' games in the next week, for the most part, appear to be meaningless. But there is still something to monitor.

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    Playoff Countdown
    Game is slated to begin at 5:37 p.m. EST

    ABOUT THE BLOGGERS

    Eduardo A. Encina left the Florida sun in 2012 to return home and cover the Orioles. A Jessup native and University of Maryland graduate, Encina previously covered another AL East team, the Tampa Bay Rays, for the St. Petersburg Times and the Tampa Tribune.

    Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 16 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 12 seasons, including the past eight with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

    Dean Jones Jr. is the sports content editor overseeing Orioles coverage. A Towson University graduate, he started working at The Baltimore Sun in 2007. He previously managed high school sports coverage and also covered the Orioles minor league teams.

    Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for decades. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer.

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