Orioles starting to feel excitement of the pennant race

It must be August.

Following the Orioles’ 6-3 win over the Houston Astros on Thursday night, first baseman Chris Davis conducted his postgame interview standing by his locker with his eyes fixed on one of the clubhouse televisions, watching the end of the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners.

In mid-sentence he broke from a thought. “Don’t tell me they just won,” he said as the Red Sox completed a win over Seattle with a six-run ninth inning with a walk-off hit at Fenway Park.

Usually, the clubhouse televisions have the MASN postgame interviews playing, but Davis -- who hit his 39thhomer of the season and reached the 100-RBI mark Thursday -- wanted to see if the Orioles’ just-completed victory would close the gap on the division-leading Red Sox.

It didn’t. The Orioles enter tonight’s series opener against Seattle still 5 1/2 games back. One thing’s for sure: every game is becoming more magnified. The Orioles find themselves following the standings.

The pennant race is here.

“I guess it’s already time to Buckle up again, as they say,” Davis said. “I know everybody in here feels good about where we are at late in the season, and we understand that nobody is going to hand us anything. I don’t think we would want that anyways, but we have our work cut out for us.”

Meanwhile, Orioles right-hander Bud Norris had just cleaned up from his post-game shaving cream pie.

“I just saw him come up, he seemed to be wearing it well, so to speak,” Showalter said. “You didn’t expect anything less, did you? Mine’s coming, mine’s coming. There’s a reason why they don’t ask me to do anything after the game. I hope it’s late in October.”

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