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Either O's make a deal or Buck waves magic wand

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Either O's make a deal or Buck waves magic wand

By the time you read this, maybe the Orioles have completed a deal for Joe Blanton. Or Chase Headley. Or Rafael Betancourt.

But what if they dont get any of them? Or anyone else, for that matter? As an Orioles fan, how does that make you feel?

As up and down as the Orioles have been since they cooled off from their hot start, they clearly need another piece or maybe two to stay in contention for one of the American League wild cards. The clubs biggest move so far, picking up designated hitter Jim Thome, has become a question mark with Thome experiencing neck problems.

Now, if the Orioles cant pick up another starting pitcher, do they just hope the Norfolk-to-Baltimore rotation shuttle will stop? Is everybody happy with Wilson Betemit as the third baseman for the postseason drive? With often hamhanded Mark Reynolds at first?

When Ravens owner and big Orioles fan Steve Bisciotti called in to 105.7 The Fan last week, he referred to Os manager Buck Showalter as being something of a magician this year. If the Orioles fail to improve the team before Tuesday afternoons non-waiver trading deadline and he somehow guides them to a playoff berth, maybe Showalter would deserve Magician of the Year more than Manager of the Year.

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 

Injuries: 

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park