The Orioles and Yankees are headed to a decisive Game 5 of the American League Division Series on the heels of a 13-inning 2-1 win by the Birds on Thursday night in the Bronx. Here’s a round-up of what local, national and out-of-town media are saying about Game 4 and what lies ahead tonight.
* Albert Chen of SI.com says what fans in Baltimore have known for weeks and months: Orioles magic is still alive.
* Newsday’s David Lennon writes about how Yankees skipper Joe Girardi coped privately for days with the death of his father, turning to baseball for solace.
* Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger recounts another chapter of misfortune in the strange tale of Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain.
* According to Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News, Yankees captain Derek Jeter vows to play shortstop for Game 5 after serving as designated hitter in Game 4.
* Chris Schad at Bleacher Report correctly predicted the O’s-Yankees ALDS would be a dogfight, and the results haven’t disappointed. He outlines key themes for Game 5.
* Rick Carpinello of The LowHud Yankees Blog suggests the best thing the Yankees have going for them in Game 5 is ace CC Sabathia.
* CBSSports.com baseball insider Danny Knobler reports that the Orioles don’t seem to be at all nervous about what’s at stake in Game 5.
* Curtis Granderson, the struggling Yankees outfielder, made a defiant declaration after Game 4, writes Brendan Prunty of The Star-Ledger.
* Mike Bauman of MLB.com says two seasons are on the line in Friday night’s Game 5 rematch between Sabathia and the Orioles’ Jason Hammel.
* O’s sidewinder Darren O’Day adds immense value to the Baltimore bullpen, writes Zach Schonbrun of The New York Times.
* Peter Schmuck of The Sun writes that the improbable is becoming commonplace for these Orioles.