|2012 Baltimore Orioles|
|American League Wild Card|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Dan Duquette|
WJZ-TV (CBS 13)
(Gary Thorne, Jim Palmer, Mike Bordick, Jim Hunter)
|Local radio||Baltimore Orioles Radio Network|
(Joe Angel, Fred Manfra)
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The Baltimore Orioles' 2012 season was the 112th season in franchise history, the 59th in Baltimore, and the 21st at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They completed the regular season with a 93-69 record, good for second place in the AL East and qualified for one of two American League wild card spots. It was the first time since 1997 that they finished with a winning record and made the playoffs. They subsequently defeated the Texas Rangers in the inaugural one-game Wild Card Playoff. They advanced to play the New York Yankees in the Division Series, but lost the series to the Yankees in five games.
- On December 1, 2011, the Orioles traded minor league RHP Randy Henry and a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers for C Taylor Teagarden. On December 8, 2011, the player was identified as minor league 2B Greg Miclat.
- On December 8, 2011, the Orioles traded minor league LHP Jarret Martin and OF Tyler Henson to the Los Angeles Dodgers for LHP Dana Eveland.
- On December 13, 2011, the Orioles signed Tsuyoshi Wada to a two-year contract, with an option for a third year.
- On December 20, 2011, the Orioles signed outfielder Endy Chávez to a one-year contract.
- On January 3, 2012, the Orioles acquired Jai Miller from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.
- On January 10, 2012, the Orioles signed Wei-Yin Chen from the Chunichi Dragons to a three-year contract, with an option for a fourth year.
- On January 23, 2012, the Orioles signed infielder Wilson Betemit to a two-year contract, with an option for a third year.
- On February 6, 2012, Jeremy Guthrie was traded to the Colorado Rockies for pitchers Matt Lindstrom and Jason Hammel.
- On February 10, 2012, the Orioles signed RHP Luis Ayala to a one-year contract, with an option for a second year.
- On March 2, 2012, the Orioles signed Miguel González to a minor league contract.
On May 6, the Orioles won a marathon 17-inning game over the Boston Red Sox with the pitching win credited to designated hitter Chris Davis. After the Orioles bullpen was exhausted Davis came on to pitch two scoreless innings with two strikeouts, becoming the first American League position player to record a pitching win since 1968. Boston DH Darnell McDonald took the loss, making it the first game since 1902 in which both pitchers of record were position players.
The Orioles clinched their first non-losing season since 1997 on September 13, 2012, winning their 81st game on a walk-off single by Manny Machado in the bottom of the 14th inning against the Tampa Bay Rays.
On September 26, 2012 the Orioles hit 7 home runs versus the Toronto Blue Jays. Nate McLouth solo in the 1st inning, Jim Thome lead off in the 5th, Manny Machado solo homer in the 5th and a two-run shot in the 8th, Chris Davis three-run homer in the 5th and a two-run homer in the 7th, Mark Reynolds two-run homer in the 6th.
The following players represented the Orioles in the 2012 Major League Baseball All-Star Game
- Jim Johnson
- Adam Jones
- Matt Wieters
- J. J. Hardy
- Adam Jones
- Matt Wieters
Wild Card Game
The Orioles took on the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas in the inaugural Wild Card "winner-take-all" format game for the right to play the New York Yankees in the 2012 American League Division Series, who are the top seed finishing with the best record in the AL at 95-67. The Orioles defeated Texas, 5-1, to win their first postseason game since 1997 and to advance to play the Yankees with the first two games in Baltimore.
In the end, Jim Johnson finished the Rangers off in the 9th despite them giving Baltimore a scare on having the bases loaded and two down. However, Johnson got David Murphy to fly out to Nate McLouth. Unlikely hero Joe Saunders picked up his first ever win at Rangers Stadium, where he was 0-6 with a 9.38 ERA in six career starts.
|WP: Joe Saunders (1–0) LP: Yu Darvish (0–1)|
The Orioles next played the New York Yankees in the Division Series, which they lost in five games.
Game 1, October 7
|WP: CC Sabathia (1–0) LP: Jim Johnson (0–1)|
NYY: Russell Martin (1)
Game 2, October 8
|WP: Wei-Yin Chen (1–0) LP: Andy Pettitte (0–1) Sv: Jim Johnson (1)|
Game 3, October 10
|WP: David Robertson (1–0) LP: Brian Matusz (0–1)|
BAL: Ryan Flaherty (1), Manny Machado (1)
NYY: Raúl Ibañez 2 (2)
Game 4, October 11
|WP: Pedro Strop (1–0) LP: David Phelps (0–1) Sv: Jim Johnson (2)|
BAL: Nate McLouth (1)
Game 5, October 12
|WP: CC Sabathia (2–0) LP: Jason Hammel (0–1)|
NYY: Curtis Granderson (1)
|2012 Baltimore Orioles|
American League East
|New York Yankees||95||67||0.586||—||51–30||44–37|
|Tampa Bay Rays||90||72||0.556||5||46–35||44–37|
|Toronto Blue Jays||73||89||0.451||22||41–40||32–49|
|Boston Red Sox||69||93||0.426||26||34–47||35–46|
American League Wild Card
|New York Yankees||95||67||0.586|
Wild Card teams|
(Top two qualify for postseason)
|Tampa Bay Rays||90||72||0.556||3|
|Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim||89||73||0.549||4|
|Chicago White Sox||85||77||0.525||8|
|Toronto Blue Jays||73||89||0.451||20|
|Kansas City Royals||72||90||0.444||21|
|Boston Red Sox||69||93||0.426||24|
Record vs. opponents
- Source: MLB Standings Grid
Legend Orioles Win Orioles Loss Game Postponed
|2012 Game Log|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
|J. J. Hardy|
|L. J. Hoes|
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
|J. C. Romero|