The bottom line

The Orioles were really feeling good about themselves as they pecked away at CC Sabathia on Saturday night, but appear to have gotten some of the starch knocked out of them when the Yankees ace broke Markakis' thumb with a pitch. They got slapped around Sunday and will need to collect themselves for a very important series against the Rays. Still, all in all, it was a pretty good week, and standing just one game out of first place in the tough AL East on Sept. 10 isn't anything to be ashamed of. Grade: B-
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