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At least one American League playoff team from the 2012 season won't be returning to the postseason in 2013, and another is on the verge of missing out. The Baltimore Orioles, who were bonafide Cinderellas a year ago, fell 3-2 in 10 innings to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night to eliminate themselves from wild-card contention.
Mark DeRosa's RBI single against Francisco Rodriguez (you know him as K-Rod) put the Jays ahead and Casey Janssen got three outs for his 34th save. DeRosa, ever the pest, also had tied the score with an RBI single in the eighth.
The Yankees, who defeated the O's in the ALDS in 2012, fell 7-0 to the Tampa Bay Rays in the Bronx, giving themselves a tragic number of one. They're on the brink of missing the playoffs for just the second time in 19 seasons. Ridiculous for outsiders, but painful if you're the Yankees.
''This is not a good feeling,'' manager Joe Girardi said. ''It hurts.''
Unable to take advantage of Matt Moore's wildness (he walked six and threw three wild pitches), the Yankees stranded 11 runners.
Baltimore has dropped six straight, having fallen behind Cleveland by six games with five to go in the regular season. The Indians snatched victory from defeat , beating the White Sox 5-4 on a two-run homer by Jason Giambi in the bottom of the ninth. The Orioles remember what winning like that is like; they did it a lot in 2012.
It was another one-run defeat for the Orioles, who could not match their success of a year ago in the closest games, when they went 29-9 in one-run games and 16-2 in extra innings. Ridiculous and not repeatable, but still painful for the Orioles. This season, they're 17-31 in one-run games and 8-7 in extras. Why do these things happen?
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