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Wearing O’s jersey, Laurel’s Merson wins $8.5 million in World Series of Poker

The Orioles got some love in the unlikeliest of places. Laurel resident Greg Merson won the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas early this morning, claiming the top prize of just over $8.5 million at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. His victory was broadcast on a 15-minute delay on ESPN (the delay was necessary to protect the integrity of the tournament, according to

Ex-Oriole Dave May dead at 68 in Delaware

Dave May, an outfielder who spent four of his 12 major league seasons in an Orioles uniform and was the answer to one of baseball’s weirdest trivia questions, died Saturday in Bear, Del. He was 68, and had been battling diabetes and cancer. May, a native of New Castle, Del., who graduated from New Castle High School, was drafted in 1961 by the Giants and

Keys’ doomsday promotion up for 2012 MiLBY Award

The most memorable minor league game I attended in 2012 was Dylan Bundy’s Single-A debut for the Frederick Keys at Harry Grove Stadium. In the many times I’ve trekked to Frederick, I’ve never seen the park that packed, experienced the buzz surrounding one player or parked as far away as I did the evening of May 26. No one in the standing room-only crowd dreamed

What they’re saying about ALDS Game 5 and the 2012 season

A season that exceeded many writers’ and experts’ expectations came to a screeching halt Friday with the Orioles’ 3-1 loss to the Yankees. With the Birds’ year at its end, here’s what media outlets are saying about Game 5 and the season in its entirety: * Kevin Kudak of Yahoo! Sports said that the umpires made the right decision in not overturning the call that

What they’re saying about ALDS Game 4

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

Matthew Taylor: Everything I needed to know about Jim Johnson I learned back in June

Jim Johnson’s 51 saves in 2012 were the most in baseball and established a new Orioles record in the category. Despite all that success, Johnson’s most memorable regular season moment for me was his first blown save, which demonstrated his resilience as well Buck Showalter’s faith in his new closer. Little did I know at the time that it would also serve as foreshadowing for

Orioles: The Real Deal

Defying the odds, the predictions and many fans’ expectations, the Orioles emerged as a powerhouse in the AL East this season. With a 93-69 record in the regular season, the Orioles locked up a wild card spot on the last day of September and found themselves in the playoffs for the first time since 1997. While some fans we asked said they knew as early

James Baker: In the cold air of the morning

Last night was a bitter pill to swallow. It was a hard, swift kick to the collective bellend of the greater Baltimore area. For at least the next 10 hours, we will hear about the Yankee mystique and the majesty of the greatest franchise in baseball’s history. The New York Yankees have had so many moments like last night’s in their history that they could

What they’re saying about ALDS Game 3

The American League Division Series shifted to New York after two games in Baltimore. Jim Johnson gave up the game-tying home run to pinch-hitter Raul Ibanez, who eventually won the game for the Yankees in extra innings with a walk-off homer, his second of the game. The Yankees now lead the best-of-five series, two games to one. The two teams will meet again tonight, with

What they’re saying about ALDS Game 2

The Orioles and Yankees left Baltimore with the best-of-five American League Division Series tied at one game apiece. By now you’ve read the wall-to-wall coverage of the ALDS on MASNsports.com from Roch Kubatko and Steve Melewski. Here’s a round-up of what other media outlets are saying about Game 2 of the ALDS between the Orioles and Yankees. * Buck Showalter knew what he was doing

Zach Wilt: Power of the ‘pen

If the Orioles are going to be playing baseball next week, they’re going to have to out-pitch the New York Yankees in the remaining two or three games of the American League Division Series. Despite the $116 million difference in the two team’s payrolls, I’m confident that the Birds have the advantage when it comes to their arsenal of arms. Jim Johnson picked a tough

Outdone by Chen, Girardi and Yankees head home looking to break deadlock with Birds

The Yankees and Orioles have now played 20 times in 2012 between the regular season and playoffs, and the series is deadlocked at 10 wins apiece. Neither team seems to be able to gain much of an upper hand. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has seen that continue in the American League Division Series, which now heads to New York with the teams knotted at 1-1

Orioles ALCS tickets to go on sale Tuesday

Think the O’s can slide past the Yankees in the American League Division Series? Excited about the prospect of an American League Championship Series date with the Tigers or Athletics? Then plan to be at a computer Tuesday at 10 a.m. when tickets to potential Games 3, 4 and 5 in Baltimore will go on sale to the general public exclusively online at www.orioles.com/postseason. The

Baltimore, New York have rich postseason history

With Friday’s win deep in the heart of Texas, the Orioles thrust themselves into a showdown with the hated New York Yankees in the American League Division Series. When most people think of a New York team in the postseason, it seems that the natural opponent or rival always seems to be their Boston counterpart. It always seems that people want to see Knicks/Celtics, Rangers/Bruins,

Girardi, Yankees address key moments in eighth and ninth of Game 1 win

The Yankees are quite aware of how well Orioles closer Jim Johnson has pitched this season. Three of his club-record 51 saves during the regular season came against New York as he pitched to a 1.29 ERA over seven appearances versus the Yankees. So his losing effort in Sunday’s Game 1 loss - five runs allowed (four earned) in just one-third of an inning -

Matthew Taylor: Postseason probably means an improbable hero or two

The 2012 Orioles, a roster filled with odds-defying heroes, are a perfect match for postseason baseball, which rewards unlikely stars by elevating their clutch performances from enjoyable to unforgettable. Player names that, years later, you can’t remember become ones you’ll never forget. Taylor Teagarden has recorded three walk-off hits this season, including a game-winning, two-run homer in his second at-bat with the Orioles. I can

Join MASN for O’s viewing party at Frank and Nic’s West End Grille on Friday night

So you’re not jetting to Texas to see the Orioles battle the Rangers in Friday’s wild card game? And you still want to root on the O’s with like-minded fans clad in orange and black? No problem. We’ve got you covered. When the Oriole magic continues in Arlington, Texas, MASN is inviting you to join us at Frank and Nics West End Grille for a

James Baker: It’s not over

The Orioles finished Game 162 with a 4-1 loss at the hands of a scrappy, prideful, Tampa Bay Rays team. But for the first time in more than a decade, the season is not over. As a result of the their loss and the Yankees’ win, the Orioles are the second wild card team and must fly to Arlington, Texas, to face the suddenly mortal

MASN getting geared up for O’s in postseason (updated)

Seems like only yesterday that Roch Kubatko was bringing class in “School of Roch” to order in Sarasota. But that was more than seven months ago, and a lot has happened in the interim - not the least of which is the fact that the Orioles will make their first appearance in the postseason since 1997. Now, how they’ll do that remains to be seen,

Neal Shaffer: A burden, lifted

What do sports mean to a city, after all? Of what value is a team? What do we really gain from having handsomely compensated athletes organize themselves in uniform to play games in a city most of them don’t call home? In a word, it’s community. From economic impact to camaraderie, everyone can find their own favorite reason why sports matter. Regardless of which one

Zach Wilt: Who’s writing this script?

If Hollywood was smart - six “Fast and the Furious” movies are strong evidence to the contrary - there would be a movie about the Orioles’ season out by Opening Day 2013. This season is the perfect script and in a lot of ways, like most O’s fans, I feel like I’m playing a minor character in it. Like when my brother-in-law and sister-in-law helped

Domenic Vadala: 2012 The Afterglow

While arguably the most important games of the 2012 Orioles’ regular season are still ahead, at this point I feel it’s worth taking a look back at where we’ve been. It goes without saying that 2012 will go down as the best Orioles season in a generation, especially with a playoff spot in hand. This was a team that was supposed to lose 100 games.

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