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.
Brian Matusz, Jim Johnson and Darren O'Day came up huge in Orioles win in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Despite injuries to key players like Nick Markakis and Jason Hammel (again), the O's find ways to win.
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.
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein spoke with A.J. Burnett's agent by phone Tuesday to express the team's interest in the free-agent right-hander, a baseball source said.
Jerry Crasnick runs down the best-case and worst-case scenarios for each of the 30 teams heading into the 2006 season.