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MLB Roundup: Orioles, Nationals clinch

 

Baltimore Orioles centre fielder Adam Jones celebrates with fans after his team clinched the American League East by beating the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday in Baltimore. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

 

(PhatzRadio / AP)    —    BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Orioles won their first AL East crown since 1997, using home runs by Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 Tuesday night.

With their ninth win in 10 games, the Orioles clinched their second playoff appearance in three years following a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons. It was Baltimore’s ninth AL East title and only its second since 1983, when the Orioles last won the World Series.

The franchise has enjoyed a rebirth under the guidance of manager Buck Showalter, whose 1,254th victory thrust him past mentor Billy Martin into sole possession of 36th place on the career… Continue reading

MLB Roundup: Orioles beat Blue Jays 5-2, near AL East title

 

Baltimore Orioles’ Steve Pearce singles in the first inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

 

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles moved to the brink of claiming their first AL East title in 17 years, using a resilient pitching performance by Wei-Yin Chen to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 Monday night.

Baltimore can clinch the division crown with a win over Toronto on Tuesday. That would assure the Orioles their second playoff berth in three years following a run of 14 consecutive losing seasons.

Chen (16-4) allowed two runs on nine hits over 5 2-3 innings to become the first Orioles lefty to win 16 games since Jimmy Key in 1997 — the year Baltimore last won the AL East.

Ryan Flaherty homered and Adam Jones had three hits and an RBI as the Orioles… Continue reading

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