Orioles vs. Red Sox season finale

Greetings from Camden Yards for the Orioles last game of the season. Has it truly hit anyone yet?

*In pretty obvious news, Chris Davis was named the Most Valuable Oriole and he will be presented with that award –on his own bobblehead day– prior to the game. Davis joked he was just tired of watching Adam Jones –the winner the past two years– take home MVO every year and figured he’d do his best to try to dethrone him.

The list of accomplishments with Davis is a long one and I’ll have a full story up on Orioles.com with his quotes and stats. But, from a beat reporter perspective dealing with Chris day-in, day-out has been remarkably easy and a real pleasure. The media attention was obviously overwhelming at times, even on the road, but Davis handled it all gracefully and always had time to talk, while keeping things loose. He said today the full extent of what he’s done this season hasn’t hit him yet, and I think that’s true for most baseball fans, who will look back on this 2013 with awe. It was pretty cool to watch from February on.

Davis got every first-place but one, with Jones coming in second and Manny Machado third place. Chris Tillman, who I slotted in third instead of Machado, also recieved some votes.

Here are your lineups for Game 162. Thanks for reading!
Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mike Napoli 1B
Mike Carp LF
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
John McDonald 2B
Quintin Berry RF

Allen Webster RHP

Brian Roberts DH
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Chris Davis 1B
Steve Pearce LF
Nate McLouth CF
Danny Valencia 3B
Steve Clevenger C
Jonathan Schoop 2B

Chris Tillman RHP


Thanks for a great season of reporting, tweeting and interviewing. Have loved reading the blog over the past couple years and following on Twitter when I can’t be in front of the TV (and even some times when I am!). We’re lucky fans to have you as a beat reporter and look forward to another great year!

Thank you, David! I really appreciate it. –Brittany

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