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About last night
O's refuse to let Boston play spoiler in 9-1 win
Andino downplays anniversary of his 'Curse' on Sox
Reimold visits clubhouse, gives update on recovery
Orioles break the 2 million fan threshold
Flaherty plays a role in bashing his childhood team
Brooks Robinson excited for his sculpture ceremony
Friday's full scoreboard
NYY 91-66 --
BAL 90-67 1
TB 86-71 5
BAL 90-67 --
OAK 89-68 --
LAA 87-70 2
TB 86-71 3
Doubront has pitched well against the Orioles, and he allowed just one run in seven innings in their meeting Sunday.
Other games that matter
Thought of the day
OK, we've reached the point where we can start talking about the Orioles' clinching scenarios without making your head explode (too much).
With the help of the great mathematician Dan Connolly, here's what we've got:
-- In the simplest scenario, if the Orioles win three of their final five games, they're in the postseason for the first time since 1997.
But you'd like to see them pop the bubbly at home, so here are two scenarios in which they could clinch Sunday at
-- If the Orioles win their next two games against Boston, and the Angels lose one of their next two against Texas, the Orioles will clinch a postseason berth.
-- The Orioles can also clinch on Sunday if they split the next two games, the Rays split their next two against Chicago and the Angels lose their next two.
There is still, of course, a very realistic chance of the Orioles winning the division, and there's still the matter of sorting out homefield advanatage in the wild-card playoff.
But those are your bare-bones clinching scenarios for now. That should be enough to chew on until the next round of games clears up the picture a little more.
Also, you'll note that the White Sox have dropped off the wild-card standings above. If they don't catch the Tigers and win the
And finally, there's this: The Orioles are still within shouting distance to earn homefield advantage throughout the entire American League playoffs. With five games to play, they're just two behind the Rangers for the best record in the AL.
Inside the enemy clubhouses
Tweet of the night