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Grant Balfour
Some Orioles magic-number magic
Some Orioles magic-number magic

With a doubleheader sweep of the New York Yankees at Camden Yards on Friday combined with the Toronto Blue Jays' 1-0 loss at home against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles magic number is five. Five. What that means is if they go just 5-3 in the remaining eight games on this homestand they have clinched their first American League East title since 1997. They don’t need anyone else’s help so long as they go 5-3. Put it another way. If they win just one of their remaining two against the Yankees this weekend and then beat the Blue Jays two of three from Monday to Wednesday, the Orioles are AL East champs. Any combination of Blue Jays losses and Orioles wins that equal...