BALTIMORE -- Despite being in the heat of the playoff race and losing their past two games to the Blue Jays, the Orioles players appeared loose in the clubhouse Wednesday, shaking off any notion they were feeling added pressure.
Shortstop Manny Machado and pitcher Dylan Bundy played ping-pong, while several other players simply mingled around prior to batting practice. The O's entered Wednesday night's game against the Blue Jays trailing the American League East-leading Yankees by two games.
Baltimore owns the top spot in the AL Wild Card, just a half-game ahead of Oakland and two games in front of the Angels. Still, the players said they have not resorted to scoreboard watching or pressing too much with each at-bat.
"There's no stress in here, there's no pressure on us," center fielder Adam Jones said. "We're not supposed to be here according to everybody in the media. We're just playing. We know what's at stake. We have seven games to go."
The Orioles were looking to split a four-game series with the Blue Jays before hosting the Red Sox for a weekend series. Outfielder Nate McLouth said most players view games in April and May as being every bit as important as games in September and it's useless to think too far ahead.
"The scoreboard is irrelevant if you don't take care of your own business," McLouth said. "We've come back in plenty of games. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Last night it didn't. It's been a great atmosphere here and a lot of fun to play in front of."