Maybe it’s a rivalry, maybe not.
The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals play in neighboring cities, but different leagues. They face each other a few times a year, but not 19 times like clubs within their divisions.
Most Nationals’ fans have more animosity toward the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies than they do the Orioles.
And Orioles’ fans would much rather see their team beat up the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays than those guys down Interstate 95.
Still the O’s-Nats contests draw solid crowds — and almost always produce interesting battles. That was definitely the case this week, when the Orioles beat the Nats twice at Camden Yards, lost once at Nats Park, all by two runs or fewer. They didn’t play the fourth game because of Thursday’s rain. They’ll meet up again for one more in Washington on June 8.
It was a noteworthy week of O’s-Nats baseball with a couple walk-off wins and the return of Matt Wieters to Baltimore. Here’s a look – in pictures – at the “regional rivalry” battle.