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Schmuck: In tense affair, Orioles' greatest strength becomes their weakness

Schmuck: In tense affair, Orioles' greatest strength becomes their weakness

Was there really anyone out there who doubted that the 20th game of the season between the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays would be anything but a tense, hard-fought struggle that would test the nerves of both managers and the mettle of both bullpens?

Remember, the season series and home-field advantage for Tuesday night's sudden-death American League wild-card game came down to a difference of one victory over 19 regular-season games.

So, anybody who sat down at game time thinking that the outcome was anything other than a coin flip had not been paying attention.

The tension mounted for 10-plus innings before Edwin Encarnacion launched a three-run walk-off homer against...

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