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2012 ALDS: 5 Players Who Must Step Up for the Baltimore Orioles

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2012 ALDS: 5 Players Who Must Step Up for the Baltimore Orioles
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The Baltimore Orioles are being awoken from their dream season. The team has a new sense of urgency after dropping Game 1 of the ALDS to the New York Yankees 7-2 on Sunday night.

After splitting the season series, the two teams played eight innings of baseball that made them appear to be true equals.   After entering the ninth inning tied at two runs, the Yankees played the big brother role and scored five runs to take the first game of the series.

Although it is only one game, in a five-game series, there is a new sense of urgency for the Orioles heading into Game 2 on Monday night.

With the new playoff format and schedule this year, the Orioles play their final home game of the series on Game 2, before traveling to New York for the last three games, if all are necessary.

It will be necessary for the Orioles to win Game 2.

The odds are much better for the Orioles to travel to New York needing to win two-of-three, rather than face elimination for three consecutive games.

This team has been a resilient group the entire season. Throughout the year people were waiting for when they would fade away but they never faltered. They survived the first AL Wild Card round and now must slay the Yankees.

First baseman Mark Reynolds echoed those thoughts when he spoke to Steve Melewski from MASN.com following Game 1.

"We've not even supposed to be here. We're playing with house money and we're going to ride this thing out. They threw their horse tonight and he pitched a great game for them. We'll battle back. That has been our M.O. all year. We have a bunch of guys that believe we can get this done. It starts with Buck (Showalter) and we'll bounce back."

Here are five players that need to step up in order for the Orioles’ dream season to continue past the ALDS.

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