The Tigers threw a knockout punch in the ALCS, and now they're in the World Series.
Once the pain of falling to the Yankees in five games eases and perspective takes hold, the Orioles players can take gratification in restoring a sense of pride in Baltimore baseball.
The Orioles showed their grit by winning yet again in extra innings to force a Game 5 against the Yankees in the ALDS.
The Orioles were two outs from a series lead until Raul Ibanez showed up late in Game 3. Now they're fighting for their playoff lives.
This offseason in the AL East the Red Sox went big, the Blue Jays got rid of a huge contract, the Rays watched a cornerstone leave, the Orioles stuck with their plan and the Yankees -- well, it's not yet clear what they accomplished.
April performance is no guarantee of future results, but it's still encouraging. Here's eight players to watch.
Some players are streaking, others are slumping. Are the numbers for real or April mirages?
With spring training approaching, several big-league clubs still have prominent holes to fill.
The AL East has already gotten exponentially tougher this offseason with the Orioles looking for more.