3 keys for Orioles to make postseason

Baltimore looks to lock up AL Wild Card spot with strong final week

3 keys for Orioles to make postseason

BALTIMORE -- Six games. The Orioles' season is on the line on their last road trip as Baltimore heads to Toronto and New York hoping to secure a postseason berth.

Following Monday's off day, the O's will travel to Toronto for three games with the Blue Jays (who play the Yankees on Monday). Baltimore trails Toronto by 1 1/2 games for the top American League Wild Card spot.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wild Sweep! O's edge D-backs to boost WC edge

Wild Sweep! O's edge D-backs to boost WC edge

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles did exactly what they needed to do on Sunday afternoon: complete a three-game sweep against Arizona.

Baltimore, which rebounded this weekend following a four-game sweep by the Red Sox, used Hyun-Soo Kim's two-run homer and four scoreless innings from an impressive bullpen to edge the D-backs, 2-1, and gain ground in the American League Wild Card race.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

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Gausman, O's head to Toronto for crucial series vs. Jays

Gausman, O's head to Toronto for crucial series vs. Jays

Toronto and Baltimore won't need to do any scoreboard watching from Tuesday to Thursday to check in on how the other is doing. They'll know after each pitch. The two American League Wild Card holders open a three-game set at Rogers Centre on Tuesday.

The Blue Jays, who host the Yankees on Monday while the Orioles are off, hold the top AL Wild Card spot. After a sweep over Arizona, Baltimore holds a 1 1/2-game lead over Detroit for the second Wild Card.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ol' reliable: O's bullpen dominates D-backs

Baltimore relievers work 10 1/3 scoreless innings in sweep of Arizona

Ol' reliable: O's bullpen dominates D-backs

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' bullpen has been as reliable as they come in September. They showed why again Sunday.

Called on in the sixth inning to protect a one-run lead, the bullpen shut down the D-backs. Three relievers combined to allow just one hit over four scoreless innings to help the Orioles complete a crucial series sweep over the D-backs with a 2-1 win.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

Tiebreaker scenarios for Wild Card berths

As the 2016 season winds down the six divisions are pretty much decided. However, the two Wild Card races are completely up in the air, and there is a good chance we end up seeing at least one tiebreaker game played on Monday, Oct. 3.

With that in mind, here is a breakdown of the likeliest tiebreaker scenarios for the American and National League Wild Cards.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's vault into 2nd WC behind HRs, Miley's gem

O's vault into 2nd WC behind HRs, Miley's gem

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' offense is officially back on track.

Baltimore came out swinging to back Wade Miley's gem in a 6-1 win over the D-backs on Saturday, vaulting the club into the American League's second Wild Card position. Trey Mancini hit his third career homer and Mark Trumbo hit his MLB-leading 45th home run for the Orioles, who lead the Tigers by one-half game for the second Wild Card.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

1-2-Trey! Rookie slugs historic 3rd homer

Mancini becomes 3rd player with HRs in each of his first 3 starts

1-2-Trey! Rookie slugs historic 3rd homer

BALTIMORE -- Orioles rookie Trey Mancini is making quite the name for himself in a short period of time.

Mancini, promoted to Baltimore on Sunday, became just the third player in Major League Baseball history to homer in each of his first three starts with Saturday night's solo blast in a 6-1 win over the D-backs.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wade to last: Miley delivers when O's need it most

Lefty strikes out career-high 11 over 8 2/3 IP in win over former team

Wade to last: Miley delivers when O's need it most

BALTIMORE -- Wade Miley, who left his last start with upper back cramps, had no such issues on Saturday.

Instead,the lefty went out and dominated the D-backs, going 8 2/3 innings and allowing one run in the Orioles' 6-1 win, vaulting them over the Tigers into the American League's second Wild Card.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

On the Mark! O's keep pace on Trumbo's walk-off HR

On the Mark! O's keep pace on Trumbo's walk-off HR

BALTIMORE -- As Orioles manager Buck Showalter likes to say: delayed, not denied.

Mark Trumbo's 12th-inning walkoff homer kept the Orioles right in the thick of the American League Wild Card race Friday night, leading Baltimore to a 3-2, 12-inning win over the D-backs in a four-hour series opener.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bullpen's sweet relief sets stage for clutch blasts

Relievers combine for six scoreless innings before winning homer

Bullpen's sweet relief sets stage for clutch blasts

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are playing meaningful baseball in late September thanks in large part to their penchant for home runs and one of the game's most reliable bullpens.

Both came through on Friday as the Orioles erased a two-run,eighth-inning deficit in a 3-2, 12-inning win over the D-backs. With the win, the Orioles avoided a season-high fifth straight loss and remained one-half game behind Detroit for the American League's second Wild Card.

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Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wieters' blast latest in line of big hits

Catcher delivers game-tying HR in O's 12-inning victory

Wieters' blast latest in line of big hits

BALTIMORE -- While it wasn't the big walkoff homer, Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had his own clutch blow and played a big part in Friday's 3-2, 12-inning win over the D-backs.

Down to their last three outs and in a 2-1 deficit, Wieters tied things up with one swing to start the ninth, sending Arizona reliever Daniel Hudson's four-seam fastball out of the park. The pitch, the seventh of the at-bat, went soaring into right field, over the out-of-town scoreboard to bring the crowd of 37,815 at Camden Yards to their feet.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Machado voted 2016 Most Valuable Oriole

Award given by local media named after former Baltimore sportswriter

Machado voted 2016 Most Valuable Oriole

BALTIMORE -- Third baseman Manny Machado has been named the 2016 Louis M. Hatter Most Valuable Oriole and he will be honored in a pregame ceremony during Sunday's home regular-season finale.

The award, voted on by members of the local media, comes at the culmination of an impressive 162-game season for Machado, who is batting .299/.350/.544 (182-for-609) with 39 doubles, one triple, a career-high 36 home runs and 93 RBIs along with 103 runs scored.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's fall to Red Sox, fall out of Wild Card spot

O's fall to Red Sox, fall out of Wild Card spot

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox's playoff push is looking more and more like a steamroll.

Backed by seven strong innings by ace David Price, Boston picked up its second consecutive four-game sweep, beating Baltimore, 5-3, on Thursday night to complete an absolutely dominant series.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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In key start, Tillman doesn't make it out of 2nd

In key start, Tillman doesn't make it out of 2nd

BALTIMORE -- Chris Tillman has been the starter the Orioles could rely on when things weren't going well this season. Twice the Orioles have lost five straight games, and twice Tillman has played stopper.

The Orioles were hoping Tillman could do it again Thursday night, this time in the midst of a tight American League Wild Card race. The veteran righty couldn't rise to the occasion though, lasting just 1 2/3 innings in a 5-3 loss as the O's were swept at home by Boston in a four-game series for the first time since 2002.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Machado's lack of steals are deceiving

Powerful lineup has put swipes on decline for O's star, who maintains speed

Machado's lack of steals are deceiving

BALTIMORE -- In his fourth full season in the Majors, Orioles All-Star Manny Machado is putting together a year worthy of American League Most Valuable Player Award consideration. But as the five-tool talent has posted career-best numbers in nearly every facet of the game, he's seen a drastic decline in one area: basestealing.

A year after swiping 20 bags, Machado hasn't stolen a base with just nine games remaining this season. It's an unprecedented decline. No player has followed up a 20-steal season with none the next season while playing in 100 or more games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Paul Hagen

What a difference a week makes in AL East

What a difference a week makes in AL East

BALTIMORE -- When the Orioles departed from Fenway Park late on the evening of Sept. 14 and boarded the buses that would take them to the airport for their charter flight home, they were a team moving in the right direction in every possible way.

The O's had taken the last two games against the first-place Red Sox to pull within one game of the lead in the American League East. They had gotten terrific starting pitching from Kevin Gausman, eight shutout innings, in the getaway game. Baltimore had won nine of its last 13. The Orioles were on a roll.

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Paul Hagen is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's, Showalters to host race to benefit foster care

O's, Showalters to host race to benefit foster care

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are partnering with manager Buck Showalter, his wife, Angela, and KidsPeace to host the seventh annual Trick-or-Trot 5K/1-mile walk Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 a.m. ET. The Halloween-themed race that benefits children in foster care will start and end at Camden Yards.

It's the sixth straight year the Showalters have helped out with the event, and Angela spoke about the impact the cause had last year.

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Paul Hagen

Jimenez could be key linchpin of rotation

Jimenez could be key linchpin of rotation

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles looked for starting pitching all offseason. They looked for starting pitching in the weeks and days leading up to the non-waiver Trade Deadline. With the start of the postseason looming in less than two weeks, they're looking for -- all together now -- starting pitching.

After searching all the usual places, would you believe the Orioles may just have found what they're looking for in a guy who, until just a few weeks ago, was pitching long relief out of their own bullpen?

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Paul Hagen is a national columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's stumble in 6th, still hold 2nd Wild Card

O's stumble in 6th, still hold 2nd Wild Card

BALTIMORE -- The Red Sox are running away with the American League East.

After coming away empty-handed in two earlier bases-loaded opportunities, the Sox made the third time the charm on Wednesday night, as they scored five unearned runs during the sixth inning and posted a 5-1 win over the Orioles.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Davis' errant throw opens door for Sox's rally

Davis' errant throw opens door for Sox's rally

BALTIMORE -- The same fans that had risen to their feet earlier in the sixth inning Wednesday to give departing Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez a standing ovation sat stunned in their seats. In a span of two pitches, the Orioles went from a one-run lead to a four-run deficit on the heels a pivotal two-out error by first baseman Chris Davis.

Davis fired an errant throw to reliever Brad Brach, who was running to cover first base, which resulted in two runs and extended the sixth inning. On the ensuing pitch, Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi launched his second career home run to bury the Orioles in a gut-wrenching 5-1 loss.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

O's pushing to make something happen

O's pushing to make something happen

BALTIMORE -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been tinkering with his daily lineup hoping to spark something for a stagnant offense.

But the Orioles' offense continued to struggle Wednesday night, losing 5-1 to Boston to mark their fifth consecutive game with two or fewer runs scored. The slide, which comes at a critical playoff push time, is concerning and raises the simple question: What the heck is going on?

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Mancini homers in his big league debut

Blast came on what would have been grandfather's birthday

Mancini homers in his big league debut

BALTIMORE -- There may not be a better way to endear yourself to a city in your Major League debut. With the Orioles hitless through 4 2/3 innings Tuesday night, Trey Mancini stepped to the plate for his second-career at-bat and crushed a homer to left-center field for his first big league hit in the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Red Sox.

But as much as Camden Yards enjoyed the home run, pleading for a curtain call that he obliged, it was more special for Mancini and his family. The home run came on what would've been his grandfather's 79th birthday. His grandfather, an Orioles season-ticket holder for 20 years, passed away four years ago, Mancini said.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles fall five games back in AL East

Orioles fall five games back in AL East

BALTIMORE -- David Ortiz is making his last series in Baltimore something special.

Ortiz, who addressed the media about his final visit to Camden Yards prior to Tuesday's game, homered for the second time in as many games to propel the first-place Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over the Orioles.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Mancini's mom goes crazy after son's first home run

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Mancini's mom goes crazy after son's first home run

On Sunday, Trey Mancini finally got the call: The Orioles had decided to call up their No. 5 prospect as part of roster expansion. Then, just a couple days later, Buck Showalter penciled Mancini into the lineup for his MLB debut ... against the division-leading Red Sox, in the heat of a pennant race. How did the rookie respond to the pressure? Oh, nothing, he just made his first career hit a solo homer.

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O's drop opener to Sox, lose ground in East

O's drop opener to Sox, lose ground in East

BALTIMORE -- It's Mookie Betts' Camden Yards and everyone else is just playing in it.

Betts hit his eighth homer in seven games at the Orioles' home park on Monday -- and just missed another -- with his two-run third-inning blast highlighting Boston's 5-2 series-opening victory.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast.

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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Bundy healthy, doesn't feel fatigued

Right-hander has 6.62 ERA over his past seven starts

Bundy healthy, doesn't feel fatigued

BALTIMORE -- Dylan Bundy says he feels healthy and Orioles manager Buck Showalter continues to provide full support of his rookie hurler. But beyond the encouraging words, Bundy's on-field performance lately leaves a cause for concern.

After allowing five runs over five innings in the Orioles' 5-2 loss to the Red Sox on Monday, Bundy has a 6.62 ERA over his past seven outings. For a guy who has been limited to just 63 1/3 innings the past three years due to injury, fatigue is a possibility. Despite eclipsing 100 innings on the season Monday, Bundy denied any physical limitations playing into his struggles.

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Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pearce to have surgery for arm injury

Pearce to have surgery for arm injury

BALTIMORE -- Orioles infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce will undergo season-ending surgery on Wednesday in New York to repair the flexor tendons in his right throwing arm.

"He will probably go back to Tampa from there," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said of Pearce, who has dealt with the issue on and off all season.

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Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Orioles-themed corn maze unveiled in Maryland

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Orioles-themed corn maze unveiled in Maryland

What's the best way to express excitement over your baseball team nearing the postseason? You could proudly wear your team's cap while you're out running errands or decorate your desk at work with bobbleheads and rally towels. But does that really seem like enough? This is your team, after all, and the playoffs are a big deal! No worries -- one farm in Frederick, Md., has a great idea for how you can go above and beyond to show your loyalty:

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Trumbo keeps races rumbling as O's top TB

Trumbo keeps races rumbling as O's top TB

BALTIMORE -- If there was any lingering doubt about Mark Trumbo's back, he laid it to rest with one swing in the eighth inning Sunday. After missing the past two games with back spasms, the Major League leader in home runs crushed a first-pitch fastball for his 43rd homer of the season to give the Orioles a much-needed 2-1 win over the Rays at Camden Yards.

"It reminds you why you play, to have that opportunity and come through," Trumbo said.

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Bill Chastain has covered the Rays for MLB.com since 2005.

Ryan Baillargeon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Baltimore.

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