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Migrating toward respectability

With four key upgrades and young talent, Orioles could flirt with .500

Updated: March 8, 2010, 9:55 AM ET
By Tim Kurkjian | ESPN The Magazine

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The last time we saw the good Orioles, the team with the once-rich heritage and proud tradition, was 1997, when they won 98 games. They have since taken a unique slide: They are the only team in history to follow a 98-win season with 12 consecutive seasons under .500, capped last year by a 64-win disappointment that included 13 straight losses in September.

The Orioles will not be approaching 98 wins this year, and they will not be going to the playoffs in the brutal American ...

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