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How the Orioles fared through two games in seasons in which they made the playoffs

The Orioles play the Boston Red Sox in the third game of the season tonight at Camden Yards. Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen is scheduled to pitch against Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront, and first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m.

How does this year's squad stack up through two games against successful Orioles teams of the past? With high expectations this season, we'll try to track how the club is performing through each game compared to previous years in which 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 1-1 record, the Orioles are tied for second place in the American League East. They're tied with the Boston Red Sox (1-1) and 1/2-game behind the Toronto Blue Jays (2-1).

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

Interesting game

The Orioles beat the Boston Red Sox, 2-1, in 13 innings on April 10, 1969. It was the second straight extra-inning game between the two teams to start the season. The Red Sox had defeated the Orioles, 5-4, in 12 innings two days earlier. In the April 10 game, Orioles right fielder Frank Robinson hit a leadoff double in the bottom of the 13th and scored the game-winning run on first baseman Boog Powell's single in front of an announced 3,091 in a Thursday afternoon matchup at Memorial Stadium.

2012

Record: 2-0

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

1997

Record: 2-0

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

1996

Record: 2-0

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

1983

Record: 1-1

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

1979

Record: 2-0

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

1974

Record: 1-1

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

1973

Record: 2-0

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

1971

Record: 2-0

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

1970

Record: 2-0

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

1969

Record: 1-1

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

1966

Record: 2-0

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

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