As fans, it's simply natural for us to declare winners and losers during the offseason. The Orioles were declared a big fat loser after doing nothing to improve their wild card team from 2012, while the Dodgers were declared a winner after adding Zack Greinke to their star-studded roster. Flash ahead to Saturday, when the Dodgers were playing a doubleheader in Baltimore. Of course, the Orioles swept the doubleheader by scores of 7-5 and 6-1, largely thanks to the same players who had such an impact on the team last season (including Nolan Reimold, who missed a lot of time in 2012). The Orioles are now 10-7 with a +13 run differential, and they've done that while playing the fifth-toughest schedule in baseball so far. So maybe, just maybe, Baltimore will be able to make another magical playoff run.
PIC OF THE DAY
The Red Sox and Royals stand for the national anthem before yesterday's game after a difficult week in Boston. (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
Game of the Day: Red Sox 4, Royals 3. It was an emotional day in Boston on Saturday, and the Red Sox added to that emotion with a stirring pregame tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing (which included David Ortiz dropping an F-bomb). The Royals nearly spoiled the fun, leading 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth, but Daniel Nava hit a three-run homer to put Boston in front 4-2. Lorenzo Cain homered in the ninth against Andrew Bailey to cut the lead to a run, but Bailey got Alex Gordon to ground out to end the game with two men on and give Boston an emotional victory.no comments