Former Orioles ace Mike Mussina saw his vote total climb again in the balloting for the Baseball Hall of Fame, but missed out on induction, while Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Jim Thome, and Trevor Hoffman earned induction as the class of 2018.
If Derek Jeter could have scripted his perfect ending at Yankee Stadium, it would have looked a lot like what actually happened Thursday night, but it wouldn't have happened if the Orioles hadn't worked so hard on the rewrite.
As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat in his office at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on a sunny afternoon earlier this month, overlooking a well-manicured cloverleaf of fields, a bitter winter seemed like an eternity ago in more ways than one.
For the second straight night, the Orioles' late-inning fate was left to the bullpen Wednesday, and for the second consecutive night, the New York Yankees spoiled the Orioles' hopes for gaining ground in the American League wild-card race.
Well, after beating the Orioles 5-4, on a scorching Saturday afternoon before 42,678 in the Bronx, the Yankees have risen like a phoenix and flown a half-game ahead of the Orioles and into second place in the American League East.
The American League East has long been considered one of baseball's toughest divisions, and that should hold true again in 2013. But it's no longer a division dominated by a couple high-spending teams and the occasional upstart. Suddenly, the AL East is being recognized for its depth.
The Orioles apparently left their bats back in the visitors' clubhouse at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas. They enter tonight's game against the New York Yankees with just six runs in their past three games, which is obviously a pretty big reason why they are trailing the Yankees, 2-1, in the American League Divisional Series. But it's not just that they aren't having any success at the plate. It's which hitters haven't yet come through.
These surprising Baltimore Orioles have shown resilience all season. And they did it again Monday, rebounding from a ninth inning implosion the night before to slip past the New York Yankees, 3-2, to even up the American League Division Series at 1-1.
The rest of this round will be played at Yankee Stadium, beginning with Game 3 on Wednesday night, but don't let the address intimidate you because the Orioles probably won't. They've been playing the Yankees tough there all season, winning two out of three games in each of the three regular season series in the Big Apple.
Asked if his team was happy with a split in Baltimore, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said: "You don't come here saying you want to split. You come here wanting to win every game, and we didn't win today."
Orioles manager Buck Showalter said it was a difficult decision to not start veteran designated hitter Jim Thome, the club's most experience postseason player, in Sunday's American League Division Series opener at Camden Yards againtst New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia. Thome did receive the start in Monday's Game 2 against veteran lefty Andy Pettitte.
After 15 years of waiting for a playoff baseball at Camden Yards, Orioles fans had to endure an extra 2 1/2 hours as chilly rain pushed back the start of Sunday's division series opener against the hated New York Yankees.
Seven-time Cy Young Award-winner Roger Clemens is on trial today -- again -- for allegedly lying to Congress, and that means the spotlight will again find Brian McNamee, the pitcher's former personal trainer. But the man I'll be thinking about is Andy Pettitte, Clemens' longtime friend and teammate.