Orioles-Rays Preview

Updated: October 1, 2012, 12:50 AM ET
Associated Press

The Baltimore Orioles are returning the playoffs for the first time since 1997, but aren't about to settle for a wild-card berth with the AL East title still very much within their grasp.

Baltimore opens a three-game road series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, hoping to at least maintain a share of the division lead.

Following their last playoff berth in 1997, the Orioles endured 14 consecutive losing seasons, including six straight 90-loss campaigns. They ended the drought ...

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