Dan Duquette didn't have to think long when he was asked if the Baltmore Orioles making the American League playoffs as a wild card team was a surprise.
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi pauses during a moment of silence before Game 4 of the American League division baseball series against the Baltimore Orioles Thursday, Oct 11, 2012, in New York.
Yankees players celebrate after Raul Ibanez's walk-off home run in the 12th inning gave them a 3-2 win over the Orioles in Game 3 of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium.
Hardy #2 of the Baltimore Orioles bats during Game Four of the American League Division Series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on October 11, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.
The Yankees' Robinson Cano doubles in the first inning of Game 2 of the American League division baseball series against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, Oct 8.
There are a lot of Orioles fans out there who think the voting members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America were way off base when they named Bob Melvin American League Manager of the Year instead of Buck Showalter.
Russell Martin hit a tiebreaking homer in the ninth inning to start a five-run rally that gave the New York Yankees a 7-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in Game 1 of an American League Division Series on Sunday night.
Raul Ibanez of the New York Yankees reacts after hitting a walk off home run in the bottom of the twelfth inning to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in Game Three of the American League Division Series (Alex Trautwig/Getty Images).
Baltimore Orioles beat Texas Rangers in American League Wild Card game.
Closer Jim Johnson #43 of the Baltimore Orioles celebrates after the Orioles defeated the New York Yankees 3-2 during Game Two of the American League Division Series.
Right-hander Yu Darvish will get the start for the Texas Rangers on Friday night against the Baltimore Orioles in their American League wild-card playoff in Arlington.
Baltimore Orioles Nate McLouth (from left), J.J. Hardy, Robert Andino and Manny Machado high-five teammates after Game 2 of Major League Baseball's American League Division Series against the New York Yankees.
Baltimore Orioles' Jason Hammel delivers a pitch during the first inning of Game 5 of the American League division baseball series against the New York Yankees, Friday, Oct 12, 2012, in New York.
As the American's top team with 95 wins, the Bombers were matched up against the winner of the league's one game wild card elimination between the Orioles and Rangers.
Gene Budig, the American League president, declined yesterday to reduce the five-game suspension he imposed on Yankees pitcher Mike Stanton for hitting the Orioles' Eric Davis with a pitch on June 16.