Hungry puppy almost makes a meal out of O's playoff tickets

Like many Orioles fans, Karl Breslaw had today's date circled on his calendar. He was awaiting the delivery of his postseason tickets, coveted ducats that would allow him to view his beloved Birds in the American League Division Series, maybe the American League Championship Series and, hopefully, their first World Series since 1983. There's only one problem: Breslaw briefly ignored the sound of the package ... read more

Andrew Stetka: Sizing up the O's potential playoff foes

In just over a week, the Orioles will dive into the postseason for the second time in three years. In 2012 there was a happy-to-be-here mindset, maybe not with the team, but definitely with the fan base. Things are different this time. There is an expectation. There won't be a one-game wild card playoff for the O's. They are guaranteed a five-game series in the ... read more

Opposite dugout: Yankees desperate for wins as Jeter plays final series in New York

Manager: Joe Girardi, seventh year Record: 80-75 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: SS Derek Jeter (.255/.303/.311, 22 extra-base hits, 43 RBIs); CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.271/.328/.419, 27 doubles, 16 HR, 70 RBIs, 39 SB); RHP Michael Pineda (3-5, 2.15 ERA, 0.93 WHIP); RHP Brandon McCarthy (7-4, 2.54 ERA, 1.09 WHIP) Season series vs. O's: 4-11, 37 runs scored, 72 runs allowed Pitching probables Sept. ... read more

Opposite dugout: Struggling Red Sox meet O's for last time this season

Manager: John Farrell, second year Record: 66-87 Last 10 games: 3-7 Who to watch: DH David Ortiz (.261/.355/.504, 27 doubles, 32 HR, 99 RBIs); LF Yoenis Cespedes (.257/.300/.451, 35 doubles, 21 HR, 95 RBIs, 84 R); RHP Rubby De La Rosa (5-7, 4.31 ERA, 1.47 WHIP); RHP Joe Kelly (4-4, 4.28 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) Season series vs. O's: 6-10, 52 runs scored, 73 runs allowed ... read more

Matthew Taylor: Seeing players as human beings

The appeal of sports is built on emotion, and the past week has delivered plenty of it for Orioles fans. The highs and the lows have served to humanize the players for whom we cheer and have reminded me of how limited my perspective on them actually is. If there's a common thread for me between the elation provided by the O's clinching their first ... read more

Looking back at the O's celebration Tuesday

The Orioles had a celebration for the books Tuesday. By taking down the Blue Jays in front of a roaring crowd of 35,257 fans, the O's clinched the American League East for the first time since 1997. The party began in the first inning on Steve Pearce's huge three-run homer, and then there was no turning back. Tommy Hunter got Ryan Goins to ground ... read more

O's music video pledge: "We Won't Stop"

Ever since its debut on the Diamond Vision scoreboard at Camden Yards on Friday, we've gotten a lot of requests for the "We Won't Stop" music video, the Orioles' thank you to their faithful fans that also serves as the team's anthem heading into the postseason. You've asked repeatedly for it. On Twitter. In the comments sections of our blogs. During our Facebook chats. During ... read more

Zach Wilt: Enjoying the DMV baseball renaissance

I've spent most of the last 24 hours wondering if Tuesday night actually happened and have been quietly humming "We Won't Stop" to myself over and over. It's a catchy tune. After watching highlights on MLB.com and listening to the interviews here on MASNsports.com, I can confirm that it really wasn't a dream, Baltimore. The Orioles are American League East champions. Yes, that crazy night ... read more