Path to the ALCS: The Orioles (101-57) won the AL East by 12 games. The A's (101-60) won the AL West by 16 games.
In the ALCS for the third year in a row, the Orioles once again came out victorious with a three-game sweep. The series was not quite as lopsided as the past few years, though, with Baltimore outscoring Oakland, 15-7.
The O's needed a four-run seventh to take Game 1 in Baltimore, then also scored three late runs in Game 2 to seal Mike Cuellar's complete-game win. Jim Palmer also went the distance in Game 3 for the victory.
Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson each drove in three runs for the Orioles in the series, while Reggie Jackson homered twice for the A's.