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Orioles thoughts and observations: Wild-card race, curious bullpen moves and Machado's growing pains

Orioles thoughts and observations: Wild-card race, curious bullpen moves and Machado's growing pains

On Tuesday night, the momentum of the Orioles' September push for a postseason berth took a hit in the eighth inning of a 7-5 loss to the New York Yankees at Camden Yards.

Instead of pushing the Yankees to 2 1/2 games back of them in the American League East standings and cutting the Tampa Bay Rays' wild-card lead to 1/2 game, the Orioles did their part to bunch the wild-card standings once again.

With a win, the Orioles would have ensured that the Yankees couldn't pass them in the standings here at Camden Yards and also would have clinched a season series win over New York.

It’s a tough one to digest.

But even more important is the status of the Orioles...

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