Evan Longoria

It won't be 2011, but Orioles hope late-season stretch against playoff contenders can boost momentum

It won't be 2011, but Orioles hope late-season stretch against playoff contenders can boost momentum

The Orioles have been out of the pennant race for months, their season now focused on setting a strong foundation for the future, but in their last 10 games, they play three teams jockeying for playoff positions.

That season-ending stretch started Friday at Yankee Stadium, where the New York Yankees went into the weekend clinging to a slim over the Oakland Athletics for home-field advantage in the American League wild-card game.

After three games in the Bronx, the Orioles head to Fenway Park to play the Boston Red Sox, who celebrated winning the AL East on Thursday in the same visiting clubhouse the Orioles occupy this weekend. The Red Sox have nearly...

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