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How the Orioles fared through 20 games in seasons they made the playoffs

The Orioles play the Toronto Blue Jays in their 21st game of the season tonight at Rogers Centre. Orioles right-hander Bud Norris is scheduled to pitch against Blue Jays right-hander Drew Hutchison, and first pitch is set for 7:07 p.m.

How does this year's squad stack up through 20 games against successful Orioles teams of the past? With high expectations this season, we'll try to track how the club is performing periodically compared to previous years when they made the playoffs.

As long as the Orioles remain in playoff contention, we'll track their performance against history. If they fall out of the pennant chase, we'll look at their record in different ways.

With a 10-10 record, the Orioles are in third place in the American League East, but they're only 1 1/2 games behind the division-leading New York Yankees, who are 12-9.

Here's how the Orioles fared in previous seasons when they made the playoffs.

Interesting game

The Orioles improved to 16-4 with a 3-2 win in 12 innings over the Chicago White Sox on May 10, 1966, in front of 6,515 fans at Memorial Stadium. After Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson hit back-to-back singles to lead off the bottom of the 12th, pitcher Eddie Watt attempted to move the runners over with a bunt. But he hit it back to White Sox pitcher Bob Locker, who forced Frank Robinson at third base. With Davey Johnson batting and one out, a passed ball allowed the runners to move up before Locker intentionally walked the Orioles second baseman to load the bases. Then, Russ Snyder beat out a potential game-ending double play, allowing Brooks Robinson to score the winning run.

2012

Record: 12-8

Season finish: 93-69, lost in AL Division Series to New York Yankees

1997

Record: 14-6

Season finish: 98-64, lost in AL Championship Series to Cleveland Indians

1996

Record: 12-8

Season finish: 88-74, lost in ALCS to Yankees

1983

Record: 11-9

Season finish: 98-64, beat Philadelphia Phillies in World Series

1979

Record: 12-8

Season finish: 102-57, lost in World Series to Pittsburgh Pirates

1974

Record: 11-9

Season finish: 91-71, lost in ALCS to Oakland Athletics

1973

Record: 10-10

Season finish: 97-65, lost in ALCS to Athletics

1971

Record: 12-8

Season finish: 101-57, lost in World Series to Pirates

1970

Record: 14-6

Season finish: 108-54, beat Cincinnati Reds in World Series

1969

Record: 13-7

Season finish: 109-53, lost in World Series to New York Mets

1966

Record: 16-4

Season finish: 97-63, beat Los Angeles Dodgers in World Series

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