Melo rooting for the Orioles

October, 10, 2012
10/10/12
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Carmelo Anthony is such a die-hard Baltimore Orioles fan that he actually has a tattoo of the team logo.

So you can guess who he's rooting for in the American League Division Series.

"I've been an Orioles fan since I was like eight years old," said Anthony, who grew up in Baltimore. "I actually have a tattoo, too. I've never been a Yankees fan. I'm close with some of the guys on the team. I support them. I have some mixed feelings right now. Here in New York you have to support the Yankees, but I'm an Orioles fan."

Melo -- who, like Derek Jeter, is a Jordan Brand athlete -- said the Yankees are making things real interesting in the series, which is now tied at one game a piece.

"I watched the games, man. It's a tough series," Anthony said. "The Yankees are a tough team. They're deep, the way they're hitting the ball. But the Orioles, man, you've got to tip your hat off to them."

If there's a decisive Game 5 on Friday, when the Knicks don't have a preseason game, expect you-know-who to be there.

"Hopefully there's a game Friday and I'll go," Melo said. "I'll wear an Orioles hat."

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
12 2.51 135 129
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRM. Teixeira 21
RBIJ. Ellsbury 70
RB. Gardner 81
OPSB. Gardner .750
ERAH. Kuroda 3.77
SOH. Kuroda 137