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How O's stack up vs. rest of wild-card contenders
How O's stack up vs. rest of wild-card contenders

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he doesn't pay attention to the standings until August. For the past 14 seasons, Orioles fans haven't had the need to either, their team usually already long out of contention by this time of year. "I haven't looked at them today," Showalter said before Wednesday's series finale in New York against the Yankees, holding back a smirk, "but I have an idea." With two months to play, the Orioles find themselves in a tight playoff race. The addition of a second wild-card spot in each league makes it even more interesting. Entering Thursday, seven teams were within five games of the American League wild-card lead, five...

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