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Topic - J.J. Hardy
Baltimore's sixth straight loss, combined with Cleveland's comeback win over the Chicago White Sox, left the Orioles six games behind the Indians for the final wild-card slot with five games left.
Desmond was an All-Star in 2012, but an oblique injury kept him from taking part in the game. His case to be one this season is strong, and made stronger by injuries to fellow shortstops Troy Tulowitzki of the Rockies (rib) and Everth Cabrera of the Padres (hamstring).
For eight innings, the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles staged a magnificent duel worthy of two division foes that split 18 games during the regular season and finished two games apart in the standings.
Evan Longoria hit three home runs and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Baltimore 4-1 Wednesday, ending the Orioles' bid to force a one-game tiebreaker for the AL East title.
The champagne was on ice, plastic shields were in place above the cubicles in the Baltimore clubhouse and couches were removed to accommodate a celebration 15 years in the making.
Taylor Teagarden ended his first game with the Baltimore Orioles in stunning fashion, hitting a two-run homer in the 13th inning that sealed an 8-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday.
The sound it made off of Jesus Flores' bat was so clean. It was flush, and loud, and pure. One crack of the bat like that, it seemed, and the Washington Nationals' night of offensive misery at Camden Yards against Jason Hammel was over.
Wilson Betemit hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning after Matt Wieters doubled in two runs, giving the Baltimore Orioles an unlikely 5-2 comeback victory over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.
Previewing the 2012 Baltimore Orioles
Brian Ward, a minor league catcher, sat on a chair in front of his locker in the Orioles' big-league spring training clubhouse. When asked to describe Baltimore shortstop J.J. Hardy, Ward spoke in a hushed tone.
The fallout from a 99-loss season for the Minnesota Twins has started with the firing of general manager Bill Smith.
Running back Cedric Benson was released from jail Sunday following an arrest on an assault charge, the second year in a row he has gotten into trouble in his home state.
Buck Showalter is at it again.
Brian Roberts hit a three-run homer, Jake Arrieta allowed one run in six innings and the unbeaten Baltimore Orioles thrilled a sellout crowd in their home opener by defeating the Detroit Tigers 5-1 Monday.
Capsules of American League teams, listed in order of finish last year:
"We play all the way from February 15th or whenever we started to get to the playoffs," Hardy said. "It's hard to think that after how many games we've played since then, we're not going, so yeah, it's tough."
"I don't know who you'd have to talk to to get the answer to that one," shortstop J.J. Hardy said. "I don't know. It's just the way things worked out. We still believe we're a good team, and we're going to get better."