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Baltimore Orioles enter September as a contender for first time in 15 years - Baltimore Sun
"We hear about how terrible we're supposed to be from the national media, according to the stats they choose to care about," said All-Star closer Jim Johnson. "We only care about the wins and losses. They can tell us how bad we are at fielding, how bad we hit with runners in scoring position. All that stuff. We don't care."

School of Roch: More clubhouse chatter in the Bronx
"Keep doubting. I don't care," Reynolds said. "We keep coming in and doing our jobs and doing the little things that win baseball games. We've got one of the best back end of the bullpens in the league with J.J. (Jim Johnson) and Stropie (Pedro Strop). We know if we can get to those guys with the lead, we've got a real good chance at winning. That's our focus."

Lew Ford Is a Symbol for the Surprising Orioles - NYTimes.com
Lew Ford, a veteran outfielder, has become a symbol for the Orioles, who have relied on contributions from every corner during their unexpected run.

New York Yankees don't look like a first-place team - ESPN New York
"The Yankees' offense is meek right now. After the first four batters, there's no one to scare opposing pitchers. And those initial four, besides Cano, are hardly Murderers Row."

Yankees prove to be pretenders, not the visiting Baltimore Orioles, on night when panic blankets the Stadium - NY Daily News
"On a night when the Yankees were hoping to send a message letting the Orioles know their Cinderella season would carry them only so far, they were the ones who looked like pretenders."

Baltimore Orioles batter New York Yankees, 6-1, Friday night at Yankee Stadium, trail Bombers by two games in AL East - NYPOST.com
"They managed to make unheralded starter Miguel Gonzalez (6-3) look like a young Jim Palmer."

Free-Swinging Orioles Making History Again | Dempsey's Army
There's really no great conclusion to this outside of "Damn, this team strikes out a lot!". Just an observation.

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