The Orioles open a three-game series tonight at Fenway Park, so it's only natural to reflect on the wild night of Sept. 28, when they eliminated the Red Sox from the playoff picture and started a chain reaction that brought an end to the Terry Francona era.

If you do nothing else today, you must read Dan Connolly's great story about the way Robert Andino and the rest of the team looks at that night in the rear-view mirror.

The best thing about it might be that they don't need to revel in one shining moment from a largely forgettable season. The O's are in second place in the American League East and playing some of their best baseball in many years. The Red Sox are in the cellar and still trying to make some sense of what has happened to them.

Who knows how long all that will last? Nobody has projected the Orioles as a playoff team, and you have to believe the Red Sox are going to be OK, but the Orioles seem to be all business on this road trip. They lost a tough one to the Yankees on Monday night and -- instead of letting the whole Yankee mystique thing get in their way -- bounced back to dominate the final two games of the series.

For once, it's the Red Sox who will be looking for revenge and redemption. It'll be an interesting weekend.

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