Blake Snell

As Orioles find their rhythm, upbeat players are eager to make some noise in playoff race

As Orioles find their rhythm, upbeat players are eager to make some noise in playoff race

The vibe inside the Orioles clubhouse after Monday night’s 5-0 win over the Tampa Bay Rays was a little different from the one seen all too often this season. There was more life in the room, music blasting from the clubhouse speakers, playoff-relevant games from the West Coast playing on the television sets above, and a certain swagger that projected confidence that the team believes it still has a chance to reach the postseason.

The players inside this clubhouse have always said what they’ve supposed to say, that this group can win now, that the pieces to contend are all here. But underneath they also realize the hole they’ve dug for themselves, and that the even in late July, the...

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