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Remembering 1983: A look at the Orioles' world championship for the week of June 17-23

These are tough times for the Orioles’ two Martinezes, Dennis and Tippy. The former loses his 10th decision, an American League worst; the latter blows a one-run lead that costs a game.

Dennis Martinez fails to last two innings in a 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox; his ERA climbs to 5.22.

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“If we could reverse his [4-10] record, we’d be in clover,” general manager Hank Peters grouses.

Next game, the Red Sox pounce on Tippy Martinez, the Orioles’ steadiest reliever who’s handed a late 2-1 lead but loses, 3-2.

An Orioles cartoon by Mike Lane that ran in The Evening Sun on June 18, 1983, after a 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
An Orioles cartoon by Mike Lane that ran in The Evening Sun on June 18, 1983, after a 5-3 loss to the Boston Red Sox. (Mike Lane / Evening Sun)

But the first-place Orioles rebound as Jim Palmer, 37, returns from the disabled list to beat Boston, 6-3. It’s the 265th career win for Palmer, who is aided by two home runs by Eddie Murray. Then Gary Roenicke repeats the feat, connecting twice in a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees. A part-time outfielder, Roenicke now has an impressive 31 RBIs on 37 hits.

It’s the Yankees’ 10th straight loss at Memorial Stadium. The streak ends there as their ace, Ron Guidry, who’d lost his previous five decisions to Baltimore, outduels Scott McGregor to win, 5-2.

For the week, the Orioles go 2-3, retain a 1 1/2-game lead in the AL East and draw big crowds. Attendance for the five home games averages 35,827.

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