Daniel Clark: AL East champion Orioles overcome doubters and adversity

The Orioles are the 2014 American League East champions - it has a nice ring to it, doesn't it? As I sit here writing - some 10,201 miles away from the wild scenes of celebration last night at Camden Yards - I can't help but think how appropriate the following quote is with respect to the Orioles' 2014 season, a season that has seen the ... read more

Jon Shepherd: Responsibly addressing baseball's drug problem

Last week, an emotionally charged issue came back full-speed as the Orioles were calmly tying up the American League East. Chris Davis was suspended for 25 games for using an amphetamine without a doctor's note. The amphetamine in question, Adderall, is a fairly common one used to treat individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. A little over 10 percent of major league players use the ... read more

Andrew Stetka: Orioles on the verge of something magic

As long as you haven't been living under a rock over the past week or so, you'd know that it was a pretty awful week in sports. Stories of off-the-field issues and injuries polluted the news landscape and made us all feel pretty down. Most of this horrible news was confined to the NFL, but some leaked its way into baseball, including Marlins star Giancarlo ... read more

Opposite dugout: Blue Jays look to stay alive in AL East race

Manager: John Gibbons, second year Record: 77-71 Last 10 games: 6-4 Who to watch: RF Jose Bautista (.285/.399/.523, 26 doubles, 32 HR, 97 RBIs, 88 R); 1B Edwin Encarnacion (.262/.351/.555, 25 doubles, 32 HR, 85 RBIs); RHP Marcus Stroman (10-5, 3.61 ERA, 1.16 WHIP); RHP Drew Hutchison (10-11, 4.36 ERA, 1.25 WHIP) Season series vs. O's: 6-7, 57 runs scored, 50 runs allowed Pitching probables ... read more

Opposite dugout: Yankees have eyes on wild card as Jeter plays last series at Camden Yards

Manager: Joe Girardi, seventh year Record: 75-69 Last 10 games: 5-5 Who to watch: LF Brett Gardner (.269/.342/.442, 22 doubles, 8 triples, 16 HR, 56 RBIs, 81 R, 19 SB); CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.278/.338/.429, 26 doubles, 15 HR, 67 RBIs, 38 SB); RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-4, 2.79 ERA, 1.18 WHIP); RHP Shane Greene (4-3, 3.57 ERA, 1.38 WHIP) Season series vs. O's: 3-8, 31 runs ... read more

Matthew Taylor: Showalter has changed his own script in Baltimore

The Orioles haven't been doing much according to script since Buck Showalter arrived in town. Now, amid the euphoria of three consecutive winning seasons and what's turning into a runaway division title, the team's first since 1997, it's worth noting that Showalter himself is off script. He was supposed to have worn out his welcome by now; instead, his team is having its best year ... read more

Horse named after Markakis triumphs at Laurel Park

We all know Nick Markakis has some kind of glove. What about yesterday's diving grab at Fenway Park that kept Wei-Yin Chen's perfect game intact, or the game-saving grab at the wall at U.S. Cellular Field last month? Yep, Markakis can flash the leather. But Markakis also has some pretty impressive closing speed. What's that? You say Markakis has only stolen four bases this season, ... read more

Zach Wilt: Dominance of Red Sox erases memories of flops in Fenway

I don't have the greatest of memories, but I vividly remember exactly what I did on June 30, 2009. It was another difficult season for my beloved Orioles, who were already seven games under .500 and losing 9-1 to the Boston Red Sox when a rain delay paused the game in the top of the fifth inning. My girlfriend, now wife, convinced me to stop ... read more