Baltimore Orioles defeat Toronto Blue Jays, 2-1

There was a staggering economy, and there were surging gas prices.

There was a new baseball stadium that opened about 45 minutes south and a schedule that included just three total weekend series with the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. There was also an Orioles team that suffered through an 11th straight losing season and finished in last place for the first time in 20 years.

The Orioles say all those factors, plus losing three home dates to a cancellation and two...

The Orioles had been down this road before, the nightmare of being the only franchise besides the long-scattered Cleveland Spiders to have dropped almost half a month of games to end the season.

Hours after their boss said this lost year wasn't as bad as he expected it to be, the Orioles sidestepped infamy and broke a 10-game losing streak thanks to an unrelenting rain and a pitcher trying to make a splash.

Rookie Brian Bass pitched six strong innings, and the Oriole...

ONE LAST SHOT: : Aubrey Huff and Nick Markakis were held out of the starting lineup last night, meaning they'll each need two doubles in today's season finale to give the Orioles the first three teammates with 50 or more doubles in a season in major league history. Huff has been stuck on 48 doubles since Sept. 13, while Markakis has just one in his past nine games.

MAKING IT COUNT: : Brandon Fahey, who made just his fifth start at second base last night in place of Bria...

Entering last offseason, the Orioles were at a crossroads. New club president Andy MacPhail decided an overhaul was needed.

MacPhail upgraded the young talent base by dealing Miguel Tejada and Erik Bedard for 10 players, including six who received time with the big league club this year.

This was supposed to be a season in which the club evaluated what it had in its system. Unfortunately for the organization, the majority of young players either failed the test or re...