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Yankees vs Orioles: A Full Preview and Breakdown of the 2012 ALDS
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How fitting that the the battle between the two teams in the A.L. East would carry over into the postseason.

The Baltimore Orioles disposed of the Texas Rangers 5-1 in the one-game wild card Friday night, which will allow them to advance to the American League Division Series and take on the New York Yankees.

For most of 2012, the Yankees hung onto first place in the East and during one point in July, had a 10.5 game lead over Baltimore.

But as the Yankees faded, the Orioles kept playing well, and eventually cut into the lead and caught up to the Yankees and tied them in the division.

The Yankees were able to win the division on the very last game of the last regular season series, which pushed Baltimore into the Wild Card.

Now, for the first time since 1996, these two teams will square off in the ALDS of the 2012 playoffs.

What can you expect from both sides in this series?

Lets break down both teams' rosters, how they did during the season and end it with a final series prediction.

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