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The Orioles are off today, but they could still lower their magic number with a loss from the Blue Jays and Yankees.

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Sweep In Boston Shows Changing Fortunes Of Orioles, Red Sox | Press Box Online
Paul Folkemer's series wrap.

Orioles looking for first AL East clinching at Oriole Park | Comcast SportsNet Baltimore
And I'll be there for it! Unless it's Sunday night. I hope the fans come out of the Toronto series, it would be sad to clinch in an empty stadium.

Orioles Playoff Tickets Are Already A Hot Item | Press Box Online
A Q&A with Greg Bader on playoff tickets, including a link to the lottery sign up.

Camden Depot: The Problem With WAR
I mean, what IS it good for? Matt Perez has the answer.

Is Adam Jones the Next Hall of Fame Oriole? | Orioles Uncensored
I mean, probably not. But he has the best chance of anyone on the current roster.

Is It A Down Year In The American League East? | Roar From 34
Matt examines the oft-repeated sentiment from this year. I say who cares? The Orioles are going to the playoffs!

School of Roch: Showalter, Chen, Joseph and Flaherty after 10-6 victory
All the quotes you could want about yesterday's win.

Today is the birthday of old timey Oriole Eddie Miksis. On this day in 1958 Orioles manager Paul Richards put three pitchers in his starting lineup, hoping to be able pinch hit for a scoring opportunity. It didn't work.