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Orioles do their playoff chances no favors with latest series loss

Orioles do their playoff chances no favors with latest series loss

Even more important than the Camden Yards-heavy portion of the next three weeks of the Orioles’ schedule are the teams they will play, a slate that largely features their competition for the American League’s two wild-card spots.

This weekend’s series against the visiting Los Angeles Angels — still tied with the Minnesota Twins for the second wild-card spot — was a critical starting point. In a crowded field, the Orioles had a valuable opportunity to gain head-to-head ground on one of the clubs they’re chasing.

But the Orioles couldn’t build on Friday’s series-opening win, one of the team’s best victories of the season. Instead, they followed Manny Machado’s ninth-inning,...

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