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  • How the Orioles fared through 150 games in seasons they made the playoffs

    How the Orioles fared through 150 games in seasons they made the playoffs 

    After Monday night's win over the Toronto Blue Jays, the Orioles are one win...

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    Orioles observations on pitch at Caleb Joseph's head, Ubaldo Jimenez, more

    Orioles observations on pitch at Caleb Joseph's head, Ubaldo Jimenez, more 

    I have come to accept the whole “throw at a guy” concept in baseball to protect your own. It’s just one of those things.

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    Orioles, Blue Jays talk about Marcus Stroman's head-high pitch to Caleb Joseph

    Orioles, Blue Jays talk about Marcus Stroman's head-high pitch to Caleb Joseph 

    The big news Monday night was that the Orioles won again and have reduced their magic number for clinching the American League East to one over the Toronto Blue Jays. The New York Yankees have been eliminated from the division title hunt.

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    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons raves about Orioles' consistency

    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons raves about Orioles' consistency 

    Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thought his team had a real chance to make a move on the Orioles in the American League East race coming back from the All-Star break.

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    Orioles notes on Buck Showalter tying his mentor in wins, Chris Davis and more

    Orioles notes on Buck Showalter tying his mentor in wins, Chris Davis and more 

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter fidgeted in his chair, admitting he was uncomfortable about the possibility of tying his mentor, Billy Martin, on the all-time managerial wins list.

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    Newcomer Kelly Johnson fits Orioles' 'next man up' mentality perfectly

    Newcomer Kelly Johnson fits Orioles' 'next man up' mentality perfectly 

    Kelly Johnson has worn an Orioles uniform for just two weeks, but he already owns his own little part of Oriole Magic.

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    Even without best stuff, Chris Tillman streaking into Orioles history

    Even without best stuff, Chris Tillman streaking into Orioles history 

    Orioles pitcher Chris Tillman didn’t have his best outing Sunday night against the New York Yankees, but he still extended his remarkable streak of consistency that has now lasted more than three months as he has solidified his spot as the club’s ace.

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    Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez to 'find a way to compete' in spot start Tuesday night

    Orioles' Ubaldo Jimenez to 'find a way to compete' in spot start Tuesday night 

    Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez hasn’t made a start in nearly a month — and he has made just two relief appearances since then — but he said he’s ready for Tuesday’s spot start against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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    Before final game at Camden Yards, Yankees' Derek Jeter shares memories

    Before final game at Camden Yards, Yankees' Derek Jeter shares memories 

    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said his final visit to Camden Yards this week brought back memories of his first full season in pinstripes. That year, he played against the Orioles in the American League Championship Series and he was in awe of Cal Ripken, Jr., whom Jeter still regards as a role model.

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    Ubaldo Jimenez to start Tuesday against Blue Jays

    Ubaldo Jimenez to start Tuesday against Blue Jays 

    Ubaldo Jimenez, who has made just two relief appearances since being moved to the bullpen nearly a month ago, will receive at least one more start before the regular season ends. The right-hander will start Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays.

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    The great Orioles pitching shuffle is working

    The great Orioles pitching shuffle is working 

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been shuffling his pitching staff all season. If he can find a way to get a starter some rest or bring an extra pitcher into the bullpen for a day or two, he’ll do it.

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    How the Orioles can clinch the American League East on Tuesday

    How the Orioles can clinch the American League East on Tuesday 

    The Orioles lost Saturday and the Toronto Blue Jays won.

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    Orioles pregame notes: Delayed start today, Jimenez to start Tuesday and more 

    The start of today's Orioles game against the New York Yankees has been pushed back to an estimated 1:40 p.m. because of rain.

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    Some Orioles magic-number magic

    Some Orioles magic-number magic 

    With a doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees at Camden Yards on Friday combined with the Toronto Blue Jays' 1-0 loss at home against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles magic number is five.

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    At age 30, Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza's feeling young again

    At age 30, Orioles outfielder Alejandro De Aza's feeling young again 

    Eight games is not a large sample size, so we can’t go overboard with this. It’s possible that by the time the postseason rolls around, Alejandro De Aza will have fallen back to earth and to mere mortal numbers as an Oriole.

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    After five-game absence, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (lower back) starts again Friday

    After five-game absence, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy (lower back) starts again Friday

    Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy returned to the starting lineup for the opening game of Friday’s split doubleheader, after nagging lower-back spasms had forced him to miss the previous five games.

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    Orioles player reaction to Chris Davis' suspension

    Orioles player reaction to Chris Davis' suspension 

    With the Orioles closing in on their first division title in 17 years, the resilient ballclub found out Friday its pennant run would not include slugging first baseman Chris Davis, who Major League Baseball suspended 25 games for a drug policy violation.

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    J.J. Hardy returns to Orioles lineup in Game 1 of doubleheader against Yankees

    J.J. Hardy returns to Orioles lineup in Game 1 of doubleheader against Yankees

    Overshadowed by the pregame news that Orioles first baseman Chris Davis has been suspended for 25 games for violating MLB's drug policy is that shortstop J.J. Hardy, who has been nursing nagging lower back problems, is back in the starting lineup for Game 1 of today’s doubleheader against the Yankees.

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    Orioles' Chris Davis suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamine

    Orioles' Chris Davis suspended 25 games after testing positive for amphetamine 

    Orioles infielder Chris Davis, Major League Baseball's most prodigious home run hitter last season and an outspoken opponent of performing-enhancing drugs, was suspended for 25 games Friday by the league for testing positive for the drug Adderall. It was his second failed test for an amphetamine in his career.

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    Answering some Orioles questions from Twitter ahead of Friday's doubleheader

    Answering some Orioles questions from Twitter ahead of Friday's doubleheader 

    The Orioles take on the New York Yankees for a day-night doubleheader today in what should be the kickoff for clinch week -- assuming the Orioles can continue the momentum they built in a three-game sweep over the Boston Red Sox.

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    Major League Baseball announces playoff schedule; Orioles could start Oct. 2

    Major League Baseball announces playoff schedule; Orioles could start Oct. 2 

    The Orioles haven’t yet clinched a playoff spot or figured out their seeding for the postseason, but assuming they are playing in October, their first game will be Oct. 2 on TBS.

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    Are you comfortable saying the Orioles will be AL East champs?

    Are you comfortable saying the Orioles will be AL East champs? 

    I remember back in October 1979 when a popular morning disc jockey in Baltimore was crowing after the Orioles were up three games to one in the World Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

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    With four hits Wednesday, Ryan Flaherty continues success at Fenway Park

    With four hits Wednesday, Ryan Flaherty continues success at Fenway Park 

    BOSTON -- Ryan Flaherty, who had a career-high four hits in the Orioles’ 10-6 win Wednesday, doesn’t have a specific reason for why he hits so well at Fenway Park. But the Maine native admits that it is somewhat special playing in front of familiar faces.

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    After each blown save, Orioles closer Zach Britton has 'bounced right back'

    After each blown save, Orioles closer Zach Britton has 'bounced right back' 

    BOSTON -- One of the most impressive things about Zach Britton’s handling of the closer’s role this season is that hasn’t had an extended stretch of trouble.

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    Looking at the Orioles' magic number and scenarios for clinching the AL East

    Looking at the Orioles' magic number and scenarios for clinching the AL East 

    BOSTON -- This is just a projection. So don’t take it to Vegas. Use it for amusement purposes only.

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    Buck Showalter says O's players 'very maturely' handling large AL East lead

    Buck Showalter says O's players 'very maturely' handling large AL East lead 

    BOSTON -- When told that his players, for the most part, deny doing much scoreboard-watching this month, Orioles manager Buck Showalter joked: “You bought that?”

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    Orioles set rotation for series vs. Yankees; Tuesday's starter TBA

    Orioles set rotation for series vs. Yankees; Tuesday's starter TBA 

    Orioles manager Buck Showalter has settled on his rotation for the four-game, three-day series against the New York Yankees this weekend, and it will be a mix of the current starters. Tuesday’s starter against the Toronto Blue Jays will be a bit of a wild card, though.

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    Orioles optimistic after shortstop J.J. Hardy receives cortisone shot in back

    Orioles optimistic after shortstop J.J. Hardy receives cortisone shot in back 

    The Orioles believe they received good news Tuesday as an MRI on shortstop J.J. Hardy’s lower back showed no changes. The club believes he could return to the starting lineup as early as Friday.

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    Miguel Gonzalez won't say it, but he's making statement for postseason

    Miguel Gonzalez won't say it, but he's making statement for postseason 

    Miguel Gonzalez isn’t going to say it.

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    Steve Pearce continues hard, good play on base paths in Orioles' win

    Steve Pearce continues hard, good play on base paths in Orioles' win 

    First baseman Steve Pearce had two hits and an RBI in the Orioles’ 4-0 win Monday night against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

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    Orioles' Nelson Cruz shares American League Player of the Week honor

    Orioles' Nelson Cruz shares American League Player of the Week honor 

    BOSTON -- Buoyed by his monster day at the plate Sunday, when he homered twice, tripled once and drove in all seven of his team’s runs, Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz was named co-AL Player of the Week with the Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera.

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    Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy to return to Baltimore to have his back examined

    Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy to return to Baltimore to have his back examined 

    BOSTON -- Stressing that it was more precautionary than alarming, the Orioles sent starting shortstop J.J. Hardy back to Baltimore on Monday night to see a team doctor about his balky back.

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    Orioles open 2015 on road at Tampa Bay; home opener Friday April 10

    Orioles open 2015 on road at Tampa Bay; home opener Friday April 10 

    BOSTON -- If the Orioles end up with a American League East division, AL or World Series title this year, they are going to have to wait a few extra days to display the banner next April.

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    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.

    Search our new database for every home run hit by the O's and the opposition — home and away — since 1992.