Hiroki Kuroda


2014 record: 84-78, 2nd place in AL East

Manager: Joe Girardi, 8th season

Estimated 2015 payroll: $214.3 million


What’s that churning sound? It’s the American League East rumor mill:


The Orioles no longer fear going to Yankee Stadium.For years, they lost consistently there. This year, they won six of nine in the Bronx, winning two of three in each series.


For many Orioles fans, the first postseason game in 15 years is reward enough. The loyalists, old, new and returning, might be satisfied with the qualification for the Divisional Series.


The Rays had what their manager called a mulligan, but however you term it, they dropped to three games out of the wild card with five games remaining.