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Orioles can make history if they win the AL East

According to baseball historian Bill Arnold, if these

Orioles

can win the

American League East

, they will have accomplished a pretty rare feat.

Only nine times in modern baseball history has a team trailed in its division by 10 games or more on July 18 and come back to win the title, with the 1995

Seattle Mariners

being the last club to do so (while winning a one-game playoff with the California

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Angels
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).

The Orioles trailed the

Yankees

by 10 games on July 18 (and were a half game up on

Tampa Bay Rays

). But the Orioles and Rays won't claim the AL East record for such a comeback. The 1978 Yankees were 14 games behind the

Boston Red Sox

on July 18 of that year and eventually won a legendary playoff to capture the division flag (thanks to light hitting Bucky Dent's homer).

Three teams — the 1951 New York Giants, the 1978 Yankees and 1995 Mariners — tied for the division and had to win a one-game playoff to join the list. The

St. Louis Cardinals

franchise has done it three different times in its history.

According to Arnold, the list of teams to accomplish the feat were: The 1914 Boston

Braves

, the 1930 Cardinals, the 1942 Cardinals, the 1951 New York Giants, 1964 Cardinals, 1969

New York Mets

, 1978 Yankees, 1993 Atlanta Braves and 1995 Mariners.

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