(TORONTO) — For the first time since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles are in first place in September. Orioles third baseman Mark Reynolds homered for the fifth time in five days as the O’s blasted the Toronto Blue Jays (60-75), 12-0.
The Orioles (76-59) are now tied with the New York Yankees atop the AL East. The last time Baltimore led the division this late in the season they won the division.
Despite their historical position, the Orioles have a lot of work to do if they hope to win the division. Not only are they fighting the Yankees, but the Tampa Bay Rays are in it too, sitting 1 1/2 games behind. Still the Oriole’s know there is no use getting caught up in what the other teams do.
“Every now and then you glance over at the scoreboard to see what’s going on, especially this late in the season. But like I’ve said before and Buck’s (Showalter) preached it a ton of times. We just got to take it game by game from here on out,” Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis told MASN. “Every game is important.”
The O’s wrap up their series in Toronto Wednesday, then head home for a four game set with the Yankees.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN