Here's a look at what some other media outlets are saying about the Orioles:
** Cliff Corcoran of SI.com says the Orioles are among three sleeper teams (the others are the Pirates and A's) that are not going away this season:
As for the Orioles, well, they've been just a game over .500 since the end of April and have been outscored by 69 runs over that stretch. Despite tying up their season series against the Rays with a 10-inning, 1-0 victory Sunday, they seem destined to ultimately fall behind the Rays, whose season has followed a similar path, but who have outscored their opponents by 11 runs since the end of their own hot April and are expected to get Evan Longoria back in the lineup sometime this week for the first time since April.
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Still, it's Aug. 6 and the Orioles have spent just seven days below second place in the AL East all season. They may not be much better than a .500 team, and might be overperforming even at that level given their run differential, but the last time the Orioles avoided a losing record was 1997 and they onl;y need to play .444 ball the rest of the way to finish at .500.
** ESPN.com lists the 57-51 Orioles 16th in its latest power rankings -- the same spot the O's occupied last week -- after a tough stretch of games against divisional opponents:
After passing last week's test with flying colors (4-2 on the road against Tampa and New York), the O's sit one game back in the wild-card race. A 10-game homestand against Seattle, Kansas City and Boston provides a perfect opportunity to string together some wins and make a move in the standings.
** The Sports Network says Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman is a key figure as the O's begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners tonight at Camden Yards:
Chris Tillman will try to extend the Orioles' remarkable run of excellant pitching when the formers Mariners farmhand goes head to head with (Jason) Vargas in tonight's opener. The hard-throwing righty has done quite well since joining Baltimore's rotation in early July, registering a 4-1 record with a 2.70 ERA in five starts.
... The 24-year-old, a second-round pick of Seattle in 2006 who came over to the Orioles as part of a blockbuster trade with the Mariners for veteran pitcher Erik Bedard in 2008, has won both his career starts against his one-time organization and permitted just three runs -- one earned -- through 14 1/3 innings in those tests. His first big-league effort of 2012 came against the Mariners in Seattle in July, with Tillman holding them to two unearned runs while finishing two outs shy of his first career complete game.