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How much better will the AL East be in 2013?

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How much better will the AL East be in 2013?

Besides raised expectations for next season, what else will make it more difficult for the Orioles to repeat this year’s success in 2013?

How about a balanced American League East?

The Yankees likely will try to address some of their weaknesses exposed in the late stages of the season — a homer-or-nothing offense, not enough rotation depth — but as our member of the baseball cognoscenti, Rich Dubroff, points out, they have this Alex Rodriguez matter to deal with.

How likely is it that the Red Sox will be as awful again next year? It’s more likely we’ll find out just how disruptive a presence Bobby Valentine was by how Boston bounces back.

The Rays could lose B.J. Upton, which won’t help their often-anemic offense, but any team with that much pitching won’t fall far.

The Jays’ season was an injury-riddled mess — at one point, three members of their starting rotation were on the disabled list at the same time, and they lost Jose Bautista to injury for a chunk of the year. Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion are a fearsome pair in the lineup.

As it was, the Orioles had to battle the Yankees and Rays to make the postseason. Add two teams that contend throughout the season, and the task becomes that much tougher.

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini's two home runs power O's past Nationals

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Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini's two home runs power O's past Nationals

The Orioles earned a Beltway Series split with a 9-2 win over the Nationals Wednesday night. Here's the latest Orioles news. 

Player Updates:

Trey Mancini launched two home runs, drove in three runs, and scored three more in the victory. The 27-year-old now has 19 homers on the season. 

LF Anthony Santander and 3B Rio Ruiz chipped in with two RBI apiece, the O's scoring eight unanswered runs off the Nats bullpen in the seventh and eighth innings. 

Gabriel Ynoa earned his first win of the season after pitching 4.1 innings of one-run ball out of the bullpen, Mychal Givens picking up his eighth save. Starter Aaron Brooks went just 2.2 innings, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. 

Injuries:

SP Dylan Bundy: Knee, 10-day Injured List

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 10-day Injured List

OF DJ Stewart: Ankle, 10-day Injured List

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day Injured List

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 60-day Injured List

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day Injured List

Coming Up:

Friday 7/19: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Saturday 7/20: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Sunday 7/21: Orioles vs. Red Sox, 1:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Source: Rotoworld

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

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We can’t stop staring at these Bowie Baysox commemorative moon landing jerseys

One of the coolest things about Minor League Baseball is the creativity that comes with it.

The stadiums. The ice cream deals. The interesting mascots. And most importantly, the uniforms.

The Bowie Baysox, the Double-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, released special uniforms they will be wearing on Saturday for the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing.

And, oh wow, are they something. Take a look.

On the front of the uniform, you can see the image of where lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin planted the American flag on the lunar surface of the moon. On the back, a satellite view of the moon is pictured, with the player's number on top of it. Both the number and the cursive "Baysox" on the front are filled in with the American flag.

If you're looking for some to do on Saturday, go support the Baysox and their Moon Landing uniforms. If only there was a jersey giveaway.

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