NEW YORK – The Orioles were reduced to a sideshow in the Derek Jeter grand finale. Someone had to be the straight men, and in this case, it was the American League East champions.
While the Orioles are staying focused on this year as they prepare for the postseason, in New York the Yankees are nearly eliminated and looking ahead to next season.
NEW YORK – Even though the Orioles looked punchless against Michael Pineda, they still achieved a victory of sorts.
BALTIMORE – With the division title secure, manager Buck Showalter rested J.J. Hardy, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis.
BALTIMORE – Nick Markakis hoped to play on Friday. Buck Showalter’s intention was to play him after giving him Wednesday off, but his right shoulder is still sore.