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A collection of articles about your playoff bound Baltimore Orioles...and other stuff.

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So it is written, so it is done. The Orioles are in the playoffs. They finished their season series with the Red Sox at a mighty 13-5 sending the Sox to their first 90 loss season since 1966, had an awkward moment in the immediate aftermath and, if you want to be dramatic, may have cheated death. Magic is in the air, people! we can put the Jim Mora playoffs freakout clip to bed for another year.

Orioles' plane diverted because of smoke in galley | Fox News Charter planes... many the great musical and athletic career has been cut short.

School of Roch: Showalter, Duquette and statement on the unscheduled landing When Buck talks about handshakes in the wake of clinching a postseason berth, I think of the JimJam home run celebration.

A guide to the AL playoff possibilities | Big League Stew - Yahoo! Sports Another look at where things stand.

The Baltimore Orioles are playoff-bound, and here's some reasons why A little love from the national media.

The end of the Tsuyoshi Nishioka Era - Baseball Nation J.J. Hardy > Tsyuyoshi Nishioka

Pirates drop 82nd game, ensure 20th straight sub-.500 season | HardballTalk It doesn't seem like it was all that long ago that some of us were dreamily envisioning a Pirates-O's World Series revenge scenario.

Camden Depot: Jonathan Schoop From A Defensive Perspective See? There's other things to talk about besides the postseason!

On this day in 1997, the O's beat Randy Johnson and the Mariners in the ALDS. It was Johnson's 8th career loss to the O's against only 3 wins.

LATE DROPPING: Calcaterra on Duquette

Happy birthday to Chuck McElroy and Mitch Atkins.