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Observation deck: Orioles' focus could be turning to wild card instead of AL East crown

Observation deck: Orioles' focus could be turning to wild card instead of AL East crown

Maybe Orioles were born to be wild: Losing three games in a row in New York has changed the vocabulary surrounding the Orioles, with fans and commentators suddenly wondering aloud if this team should be focusing on the second wild card rather than defending their 2014 division title. That's a strange concept because, presumably, the Orioles should be going about their business the same way regardless of which postseason berth might be in their future. They are a few games closer to the second wild card than first place in the American League East right now, but they still need to address their weaknesses to be a strong playoff contender down the stretch. Nearly all of the teams...

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