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About last night
BAL 76-59 --
NYY 76-59 --
TB 75-61 1.5
AL Wild-Card Standings
BAL/NYY 76-59 --
OAK 76-59 --
TB 75-61 1.5
DET 72-63 4
LAA 73-63 4
Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m.
Other games that matter
Angels (Haren) at
Yankees (Kuroda) at
Thought of the day
There were so many positives for the Orioles to take from last night -- from the 12-0 win, to the Yankees' loss, to the way the O's handled themselves and said all of the right things afterward.
Any time a team moves into first place this late in the season for the first time in 15 years, it's going to be the big story of the day.
That said, the
For the first 3 months, Hammel was the Orioles' best pitcher, and he's expected to be back on the mound when the O's welcome the Yankees to
I'll be the first to admit, when I heard Hammel needed right knee surgery following his first start after the All-Star break, I thought it was a sign of bad things to come.
The way these Orioles are built, no one player is truly irreplaceable, and the emergence of
But Hammel (8-6, 3.54) chewed up innings and pitched some of the Orioles' finest games of the first half, and I think he's going to be a valuable "addition" as
Before Showalter squashed it, there had been some speculation that
But if the Orioles are going to continue this run and have a chance at (I can't believe I'm about to say this) winning a postseason series, I'm betting Hammel will be a part of it.
Inside the enemy clubhouses
Tweet of the night