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Photo gallery: Relive O’s-Nats’ three memorable games this week in pictures

Photo credit: Joy R. Absalon

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.

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  1. Boog Robinson Robinson

    May 13, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    As a resident of NoVa, I can tell you first hand, that Nats fans have a soft spot for the Orioles. After all, many of them were Orioles fans in the past. But it’s still a mystery to me how a true fan can switch allegiances.

    Go O’s

    • Dan Connolly

      May 13, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      I suppose you can have a favorite in both leagues.

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        May 13, 2017 at 11:59 pm

        When the Nats came into existence, I tried to tell myself that I could have a team in each league, but it didn’t take. To me, it’s like the true love of your life. There can be only one.

    • Schwarzstop

      May 14, 2017 at 8:17 am

      I know it’s not the same, but I grew up a Colts fan. When they left, it never occurred to me to continue to root for the Indy Colts though they were the same team. Just wasn’t going to happen! I jumped on the Redskins Bandwagon. But when the Ravens came to Baltimore, they became my team! So now I bleed Orange and Purple, but keep a small rooting interest in the Skins. As for the Nats… because they’re always on MASN, I root for them, too. But an O’s Nats World Series? LETS GO O’S!!!

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