Down, 2-1, in the bottom of the ninth after Darren O'Day served up a homer to Brian McCann in the top of the inning, the Orioles rallied with two runs on three doubles against Yankees closer David Robertson.
The team announced Friday morning that Davis, who was batting .196 with 26 home runs and 72 RBIs, had failed a second drug test for banned amphetamines. Davis accepted the suspension and said in a statement issued by the players union that he took Adderall.
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen briefly flirted with history Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park. He had to settle for his 15th win of the year while guiding the Orioles to a sweep in their 10-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox before an announced 35,374.
With their 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night, the Orioles have taken a 10-game divisional lead for the first time since Sept. 22, 1979, a season in which the Orioles lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in a seven-game World Series.
The Orioles (79-57) had their four-game winning streak snapped and saw their lead in the American League East division drop to 8 1/2 games over the idle New York Yankees. The Twins (60-77) have won just two of their last nine games.
The Orioles added outfielder Alejandro De Aza De Aza to the 25-man roster before Sunday's game. In a corresponding move, the club optioned left-handed relief pitcher T.J. McFarland to short-season Single-A Aberdeen.
While Nelson Cruz has previously made it clear that he would like to make Baltimore his long-term home, Cruz said for the first time Friday that the Orioles have had preliminary discussions with Cruz to discuss the possibility of a keeping him in an Orioles uniform beyond 2014.
At this point, the Orioles (75-55) don't need style points. They just have to keep winning. And with a couple key hits and a bullpen that didn't allow a run in 4 1/3 innings, they have now beaten the Rays (64-68) in 10 of their 14 meetings this season.
The Orioles scored just four runs in their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field this past weekend, but upon returning to Camden Yards Monday night, the Orioles¿ power bats broke out in bunches against the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Orioles had won eight straight series before heading out on their nine-game road trip, but their 7-2 loss to the Cubs, a club with little to play for other than pride at this point in the season, ensured that they would lose two of the three series away from Camden Yards.
With news that Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is having surgery on his right knee and will be lost for the season, two questions immediately arise. How will this affect Machado long-term and how will this affect the Orioles short-term?
Orioles bullpen catcher Jett Ruiz was a college teammate of former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates, a 29-year-old old stricken with ALS who has been credited for fueling momentum of the challenge, which picked up steam in Boston after Frates challenged family and friends on social media. Area athletes followed suit, later followed by numerous athletes and celebrities around the nation.
A lot of the advanced defensive metrics don¿t reward Orioles right fielder Nick Markakis for the defender he is. And the steadiness he plays the outfield sometimes make you take him for granted, especially given the way he expertly maneuvers around a tricky right field corner at Camden Yards over the years.
There seemed to be a sense of relief among Orioles fans that third baseman Manny Machado's right knee injury isn't as bad as it looked. X-rays were negative, and Machado said he was a "little sore" after the game.
With right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez returning from the disabled list to start Saturday¿s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Orioles must make a difficult roster decision in order to clear room for him.