For the second consecutive evening, it took more than four hours to determine an outcome in the biggest games at Camden Yards in 17 years. And for the second straight night, it ended poorly for the Orioles, who again saw a formidable bullpen crack in a 6-4 loss to the Royals.
The power of the Kansas City Royals' bullpen against the versatility of the Orioles' should make for an American League Championship Series that could be decided early in each game since the relievers don't often break.
Call it karma or mojo or the most overused word in the sports lexicon -- destiny. There's going to be at least one team in the World Series this year that will have no logical explanation for its presence on baseball's biggest stage.
Nelson Cruz broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a two-run homer off left-hander David Price, giving the Orioles a 2-1 clinching victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Division Series.
Orioles right-hander Bud Norris finally received the chance Sunday on a blistery afternoon at Comerica Park against the celebrated Detroit Tigers offense. He seized it, throwing 6 1/3 scoreless innings in a 2-1 victory, catapulting the Orioles into a second postseason round.
In the first year under pitching coach Dave Wallace and bullpen coach Dom Chiti, the Orioles posted a 3.43 ERA this season. That was the third-best mark in the American League in 2014 and the club's best since a 3.28 ERA on the way to the World Series in 1979.
In the past year, Zach Britton considered what it would be like to wear a different uniform. But after getting another chance with the Orioles, the left-hander has found a home in a ninth-inning role as the club prepares for the postseason.
With the Orioles preparing for the postseason, closer Zach Britton is anxiously anticipating the birth of his first child, and his baby boy's arrival could come in the middle of the club's playoff run.
The Orioles hit three home runs, including Nelson Cruz's 40th of the season, and had 17 hits in a 5-4 win over the Yankees in front of an announced 43,201, putting a dagger in New York's already faint postseason hopes.
The Orioles took one humongous step toward winning the American League East with their 5-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday, giving the club an opportunity to clinch the division title with a win Tuesday.
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.
Brad Brach, Andrew Miller, and Zach Britton combined for three scoreless innings in Thursday¿s 5-4 win, and completed a four-game series against the Rays without allowing an earned run in 14 1/3 innings.
The beating the Orioles put on the Chicago White Sox bullpen last night -- five runs in the eighth inning off three relievers with ERAs over five -- was born of the same offseason strategy that the Orioles took with their bullpen.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, making his second start since coming off the disabled list last Saturday, remained maddeningly inconsistent in the Orioles' 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians Saturday night.
Buck Showalter has been frustrated by the ambiguity of baseball's new replay review system, so when a call was overturned against the Orioles in the seventh inning of the club's 8-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday afternoon, the manager wanted some answers.
Games like the Orioles' 2-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in Thursday night's series finale at Rogers Centre are ones that the club will have to win as the season winds down and the playoff chase heats up.
Caleb Joseph's two-run homer in the fourth inning -- the club's only offense against Toronto Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ -- led the Orioles to a 2-1 win in Thursday night's series finale at the Rogers Centre.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was back with his Orioles teammates Monday after pitching well in a rehab start at Triple-A Norfolk on Sunday night. And he's eager to get back on the mound in a major league game.
According to multiple sources, teams asked the Orioles about the availability of several position prospects, including Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Dariel Alvarez and first baseman Christian Walker, Double-A Bowie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and Low-A Delmarva catcher Chance Sisco.
On Friday, in the Orioles¿ 2-1 win against the Seattle Mariners, Wei-Yin Chen pitched into the eighth in one of his more impressive outings of the season, allowing just five hits and one walk while striking out a season-high eight batters.
Andrew Miller, 29, joined the Orioles Thursday after the Red Sox dealt him at the nonwaiver trade deadline for minor league pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez. The Orioles made room for Miller, who spent three years in Boston, by designating right-handed pitcher Ryan Webb off the 25-man roster.