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Playing out the string as Buck looks to guide this squad into the postseason.

Mike Stobe

The O's may have lost, but so did the Tigers so that means the O's have officially clinched home-field advantage in the ALDS. As one intrepid chatter pointed out in yesterday's Open Thread, if you look at TBS' programming schedule for next week they have blocks of air time from 6-9:30pm set aside on both Thursday and Friday for one series. Looks like that will be when the O's play. So no worries of day game action, at least for games 1 & 2 of the ALDS. figure a way out of work early both of those days so I can get down to Baltimore in time...

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4, that's how many. Saved you a click.

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This isn't rocket science, guys...

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They may be owned by the Ruskies now, but I certainly wouldn't mind a Mr. Boh patch on the O's jersey. Or an Old Bay sticker on the back.

Happy 48th birthday, Pete Harnisch. The forgotten part of the Glenn Davis trade, Pete went on to have a solid career in the NL with the Astros and Reds primarily. Dark days in Birdland a year ago this day as the O's lost to the Rays on a 9th inning HR by James Loney, and lost Manny for the season after his knee buckled while running to 1B.