Everyone knows Valentine will be fired about 10 seconds after the season ends. He looked haggard and resigned to his fate in the dugout Sunday — 90 losses, last place in the AL East and the aggressive Boston media will do that to a manager.
And look at the team the Red Sox threw out there Sunday. Aside from Dustin Pedroia, it was as no-name and unimposing a lineup as you could find.
None of that, of course, was the Orioles' concern. They were just happy to beat on the Red Sox for all three games this weekend, taking the series 13-5 and winning nine of their past 12 against them.
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An hour after the game, they were packed and getting ready to head to BWI Marshall Airport for the flight to Tampa before the final three games of the season against the Rays.
There would be no playoff-clincher in front of the home fans. But center fielder Adam Jones was prepared to live with that.
So were the rest of the Orioles.
“I don't care,” he said about having to clinch on the road. “If you're in, you're in. Nobody cares. You can clinch on the plane. We're going to party somewhere.”
And the party would be a good one.
After 14 years of losing, you could count on that.
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