BALTIMORE - Champagne was spraying all around him, and Dan Duquette couldn't help but laugh at the mayhem he helped create.
The Orioles clinched their first AL East title since 1997 by beating Toronto 8-2 Tuesday night, and Duquette was right in the middle of a long overdue celebration in the Baltimore clubhouse.
"The guys are having a great time, and they earned it," said Duquette, the team's executive vice-president of baseball operations. "We've got some more work to do, and these guys know it, but congratulations to them on the division crown. They did a great job."