The Orioles kicked off the second half this weekend with their first road sweep of the season, relying on eight strong innings from All-Star right-hander Chris Tillman, who guided the club to a 4-2 win over the Rangers on Sunday.
But the timing was perfect for the Orioles, who scored two runs through monsoon-like rain in the bottom of the sixth, then held on following a two-hour, 14-minute rain delay for a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels that was completed just 10 minutes before midnight.
Chris Tillman's homecoming was a memorable one as he turned in one of his most dominating starts of his big league career, allowing just three hits over eight scoreless innings to lead the Orioles to a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of this four-game series.
The Orioles' improbable run to the postseason wasn¿t enough to earn Buck Showalter the BBWAA American League Manager of the Year Award, but his narrow loss to Oakland's Bob Melvin could take little from savoring a memorable season.
Orioles catcher Matt Wieters, who has emerged as one of the club¿s main leaders, was a little disappointed when he found out that Buck Showalter didn¿t win the 2012 AL Manager of the Year Award, as voted on by members of the BBWAA.
As a result of his leadership, Showalter could be rewarded Tuesday night with his third AL Manager of the Year Award. He's won the award following the strike-shortened season of 1994 with the Yankees and then again award in 2002 as manager of the Texas Rangers.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, who engineered one of the best turnarounds in baseball this season by taking the long suffering Orioles to the postseason for the first time in 15 years, was surprisingly shut out in the voting for this season's Sporting News Executive of the Year award, which goes to the game's top front office executive.
Showalter was announced Wednesday night as one of three finalists for the Baseball Writers' Association of America's award after leading the Orioles to a 93-69 record and their first playoff appearance since 1997.
Also new this year is an announcement of the finalists ¿ the top three in each league for the rookie, manager and Cy Young and Top 5 for MVP. That will be aired this Wednesday at 6 p.m. on MLB Network.
ARLINGTON, Texas ¿ The Rangers have had success against left-hander Joe Saunders -- the Orioles' starter in tonight's AL wild card game -- but Texas manager Ron Washington said Saunders is a much different pitcher that he one his team saw often in the AL West when he pitched with the Angels.
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter has put his team's playoff hopes in the hands of veteran left-hander Joe Saunders, who has been tabbed to start Friday night's do-or-die American League wild-card playoff game at Rangers Ballpark.
The Orioles rotation looks like it's set up pretty nicely for a potential ALDS with Jason Hammel, Miguel Gonzalez and Tillman in line for the first three games. But who takes the ball to get them there?
The addition of a second wild card team has spawned so many different playoff scenarios during the final week of the season that it¿s still impossible to predict what might happen with just one regularly scheduled day left in the regular season.
The Baltimore Orioles sent eight batters to the plate in the first and nine more in the second, staking starter Chris Tillman to a 7-0 lead by the time he stepped onto the mound in the bottom of the second.
The Orioles are on pace to total 146 errors this season, which would tie them for the third highest total in club history (1959). Only the 1955 (167) and 1954 teams (147) committed more. Those were the Orioles first two seasons in Baltimore after moving from St. Louis.
Two months ago, Michael Gonzalez was trying to regain a late-inning role out of the bullpen for the last-place Orioles. Lately, though, the left-hander has been so dominant that the Texas Rangers had to have him for their playoff run.