With a 10-game homestand beginning Friday, the Orioles are in the driver's seat to clinch the American League East title at Camden Yards for the first time in the ballpark's history. The club plays the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays in the first two series of the homestand.
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.
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.
Placing Orioles 27-year-old rookie Wei-Yin Chen on the mound in Monday¿s ALDS Game 2 wasn't a difficult decision for manager Buck Showalter considering the experience the left-hander has against the Yankees this season.
Injured Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis wrapped his left hand in a plastic baggy and took to the offensive with beer and champagne in Friday's postgame celebration, spraying it and kicking up the puddles and drenching anyone he could.
Left-hander Joe Saunders was not the popular choice to get the Orioles' first postseason start in 15 years and to try and guide the club back to Baltimore for its first home playoff contest since Game 6 of the 1997 American League Championship Series.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter doesn't buy into plotlines he doesn't like, whether it's in Baltimore before the local scribes or under the national spotlight of the playoffs, so of course he deflected the question.
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.
Chris Davis was on the roster of two Texas Rangers teams that eventually went to the World Series. On Friday, he'll play the first big league postseason game of his career in Arlington, but he'll be on the visitor's side.
Orioles first baseman Mark Reynolds said it will take more than a painful foul ball off his left foot to keep him from playing in Friday's American League wild-card playoff game against the Texas Rangers.