NEW YORK – Exactly six months ago, the Orioles ended their magical 2012 season with a bitter loss to the New York Yankees.
The team that faces the Yankees tonight is largely the same, but a little younger. With the departure of Luis Ayala on Wednesday, Nate McLouth’s whose controversial foul ball played a key role in the fifth game last year, is now the oldest Oriole.
McLouth is 31. He’ll turn 32 on Oct. 28. There are four players born in 1982, Chris Dickerson, Jason Hammel, J.J. Hardy and Darren O’Day.
Steve Pearce will turn 30 on Saturday.
Of course, Brian Roberts, who is 35, but on the disabled list, is the oldest player on the roster.
Last year’s team featured Jim Thome (41), Lew Ford (35) and Endy Chavez (34).