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The Undercard: Rip the Orioles up and start again

The Undercard: Rip the Orioles up and start again

Staring at a seven-and-a-half game deficit in the AL East and carrying a record four games below .500, the Baltimore Orioles re-emerge from the All-Star break with one foot in the Wild Card race and the other in irrelevancy.

As recently as July 1, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said the team would be buyers ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. This stance, while laughable to some, is defensible in some respects. As has been spelled out many times before, the Orioles stand to lose third baseman Manny Machado, center fielder Adam Jones, and closer Zach Britton after the 2018 season, and few are optimistic they'll be able to...

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