On the cover this week: Hoping to avoid early playoff exits, fans of the Beltway teams pins its championship hopes on Orioles outfielder Adam Jones and Capitals center Alex Ovechkin.
Mets hurler Tom Seaver delivers a pitch during the 1969 World Series against Baltimore. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
Willie McGee makes a catch at the wall to rob Albert Belle of a home run during a 1999 Cardinals-Orioles spring training game. McGee celebrates his 54th birthday on Friday. (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)
Raul Ibanez and Coco Crisp provided walk-off wins for the Yankees and A’s on Wednesday to cap off a busy day of playoff action. Ibanez, who pinch hit for Alex Rodriguez in the ninth inning, played the hero in tying the game in his first at bat and then winning with a walk-off homer in the 12th. Crisp delivered a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth to cap off a thrilling comeback by the A’s. Both teams play again on Thursday. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images, Alex Trautwig/Getty Images, Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ichiro Suzuki leaps past Matt Wieters to score a run on a double by Robinson Cano in the first inning of Monday’s Orioles-Mariners game. Baltimore rookie Wie-Yin Chen outpitched Yankees veteran Andy Pettitte as the Orioles won 3-2 to even up the ALDS series at 1-1. Game 3 is Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Nick Markakis avoids the tag of catcher Jeff Mathis as he slides safely into home during Tuesday’s Orioles-Blue Jays game. Baltimore pounded Toronto, 12-0, and are now in a tie with the Yankees atop the AL East. (Brad White/Getty Images)
Also celebrating a birthday today is Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore’s “Iron Man” played 21 seasons for the Orioles and was named an All-Star 19 times to go along with his two Gold Gloves and two American League MVP awards. (Jerry Wachter/SI)
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Willie Stargell climbs the outfield fence but is unable to make the catch during gmae 1 of the 1971 World Series between the Pirates and Orioles. Pittsburgh would lose the game (5-3) but win the series in seven games with Roberto Clemente taking MVP honors. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
R.A. Dickey continues to be the biggest surprise of the 2012 MLB season. The Mets knuckleballer became the first major leaguer in 24 years to throw consecutive one-hitters as he struck out 13 in New York’s 5-0 victory over Baltimore on Monday. Dickey, 37, is tied for the major league lead in ERA (2.00), strikeouts (103) and complete games (three). (Simon Bruty/SI)
Orioles 3B Brooks Robinson leaps in the air to greet Dave McNally and Andy Etchebarren after the Orioles captured the 1966 World Series. Baltimore is currently leading the AL East and on their way to finishing the season with a winning record for the first time since 1997. (AP)
On this day in 1988, the Orioles set the record for worst start of the season (0-14). They would lose seven more games before winning their first game. (Jerry Wachter/SI)
Sure, the baseball season is just three games old but the Orioles are undefeated at 3-0. Only 159 more games to go until the first ever 162-0 season. (AP)
The infield is reflected in the sunglasses of Orioles 3B Wilson Betemit prior to facing the Phillies on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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