According to the Baltimore Sun, the team's charter flight made an emergency landing in Jacksonsville, Fla., after smoke was spotted coming out of an oven in the kitchen. The move was said to be precautionary and no injuries were reported. The Orioles were expected to continue their trip to St. Petersburg where they'll play the Tampa Bay Rays for the last series of the regular season.
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"They came on and told us we needed to make an emergency landing, and then we were nearly free-falling for a few minutes as they raced to get us on the ground as fast as possible," Ned Rice, who is with the baseball operations department of the Orioles, posted on his Facebook page.
The Orioles, who completed a three-game sweep of the Red Sox with a 6-3 win on Sunday, clinched their first playoff spot in 15 years when the Los Angeles Angels fell to Texas Rangers in the second game of a doubleheader. They still have plenty of work to do against the Rays, though, as they remain tied with the New York Yankees for the AL East lead. The winner of that division race will avoid Friday's play-in game between the two wild-card winners.
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