By Peter Schmuck
The Baltimore Sun
5:55 AM EDT, April 24, 2013
Going into the season, there were a lot of people who felt that the first month would be a litmus test for the Orioles, since they were scheduled to play 15 of their first 21 games against their American League East rivals.
Who knows whether that's going to be a belwether for the rest of the season, but it sure has been a wake-up call for the rest of the division. The Orioles already have wrapped up a series victory over the Blue Jays, with a chance to complete a three-game sweep later today. They have won four of their five three-game series against division rivals, the only exception being the road series at Yankee Stadium.
So far, the O's are 9-5 in those early divisional games and have crept back to within one game of the first-place Red Sox in the East. They are 6-2 on the current homestand with one game to go before heading out on a long trip to the West Coast.
"I think the key phrase is 'so far,'" Showalter said. "We've got a lot of bridges to cross, but I'd rather see that than the other way. We've got a quick turnaround, another game tomorrow, then out to the West Coast for another 11. There's another challenge around the corner. I'm proud of the way they're taking on all of them."
"We know how good Toronto is going to be, and Tampa and New York and Boston. I mean, you've just got to keep plugging along and trying to do what you do best. There have been a lot of good things."