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Arizona Diamondbacks: 8 Reasons They Will Be the A's/Orioles of 2013
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When the Arizona Diamondbacks handily defeated San Francisco 10-2 on Sunday, players, coaches and fans alike knew it was all for naught.

With the Giants holding an eight-game lead over the second-place Dodgers in the NL West, the division race is all but mathematically decided.

The D-Backs are also firmly on the outs in terms of the Wild Card race, with St. Louis, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia all contending ahead of the D-Backs for the second Wild Card spot.

On the American League side of things, however, two notable surprises are the Oakland Athletics, who hold a 1.5 game lead for the top Wild Card spot, and the Baltimore Orioles, who are just 0.5 games back of the Yankees in the AL East Race and three games ahead of the Angels for Wild Card No. 2.

No matter where these surprise teams finish, their respective 2012 campaigns will resonate for a long time, much like the Tampa Bay Rays' improbable run to the 2011 postseason (thanks in no small part to a set of thrilling Game 162's)

And speaking of the improbable Bostonian collapse culminating in that final-game defeat, it was none other than a Buck Showalter-led Baltimore squad delivering that final blow.

Talk about momentum.

This is why Arizona will feed off a similar push heading into 2013, hoping to ride the coattails of the Orioles' good tidings of the past year.

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