Competitive group of O's driven to succeed

Competitive group of O's driven to succeed

WASHINGTON -- The Orioles have a very competitive group this season. It's one reason they're in first place in the American League East and have been one of the best teams in baseball.

Simply put, they don't like to lose.

That's something Nick Markakis talked about Friday night after his game-winning home run -- and why he thinks that's a big positive for this team.

"It's fun any time you're winning, no matter what the sport is," Markakis said. "We have a bunch of competitive guys in this locker room, whether it's playing cards or ping pong or baseball."

Markakis said the guys in the Baltimore clubhouse simply don't like to lose, and he feels bringing that attitude on to the field can be helpful.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter agreed with Markakis, saying being competitive is something he really likes.

"It's kind of that sixth tool, so to speak," Showalter said. "It's important. They've always been a competitive group. The people that we've added have brought that same mentality."