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O's game blog: Manto on Walker and a look at tonight's game

It is always fun to see a player make his major league debut and Christian Walker will do that tonight as he bats seventh and plays first base for the Orioles. The club's minor league Player of the Year figures to see a lot of action in the remaining 11 regular-season games. This season, his power numbers increased while he continued to hit for a ... read more

Jones on lap with fans: "You could see the excitement in their eyes" (Walker quotes)

The Orioles clubhouse was a much quieter place today but there were still plenty of smiles and the usual loose atmosphere. I asked Adam Jones about his lap around the stadium last night where he interacted with fans, high-fived many of them and was hugging some. "They haven't celebrated here in Baltimore since '69," Jones said. "Sure most of the people that stayed around weren't ... read more

The Orioles won the AL East and their fans soaked it up for every minute

Well, what a special night at Camden Yards and what a special team. It was a night 17 years in the making, and the Orioles and their fans can claim supremacy again in the American League East. It was pretty much perfect, wasn't it? The Orioles players deserve credit for so many reasons. For overcoming injuries and adversity. For playing so hard and bringing their ... read more

Some quotes from the AL East champions' clubhouse

Here are some Orioles clubhouse quotes compiled amidst the celebrating: J.J. Hardy on winning the American League East: "Starting in spring training you work for this and this is the first goal. Now the next goal is to continue playing for a long time." Hardy on Ubaldo Jimenez tonight: "We all feel for Ubaldo. He's been working hard. He's been doing everything and team has ... read more

AL East champs: O's beat Toronto and are headed back to the playoffs

The Baltimore Orioles are the 2014 American League East champions. The Orioles picked up two early home runs and got five effective innings from Ubaldo Jimenez tonight to beat Toronto 8-2 in front of 35,257 screaming fans at an electric Camden Yards. This is the Orioles' ninth AL East title in team history and first since 1997. They improved to 91-60 for the season and ... read more

O's game blog: Orioles go for the clincher against Toronto

Is this going to be a special night, one that ends with the fans on their feet and the Orioles beginning to celebrate the division title? On paper, the Orioles may be the underdogs. They are sending out Ubaldo Jimenez (4-9, 4.96 ERA) to face a pitcher in right-hander Drew Hutchison (10-11, 4.36 ERA) who has pitched very well lately and also very well against ... read more

Nick Markakis: "I kind of understand what the fans are going through"

Nick Markakis is in his ninth season with the Orioles and he's finally going to get to play in the postseason, it appears. With the Orioles magic number at one, their next win will give the Orioles their ninth division title. Markakis has played for losing Orioles teams, and was on the 2012 squad, but his season ended when he got hit by a pitch ... read more

Orioles have used a special blend of talent and chemistry to close in on AL East crown

On June 6, the Orioles were 6 1/2 games out of first place. With last night's win they lead second-place Toronto by 12 1/2 games and are within one win of the American League East title for the first time since 1997. It is clear that the Orioles are the class of the division and a very talented team. But they are not winning on ... read more