[Back for its second year, "Down the Stretch" is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming night for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues.]
About last night
Jim Johnson's error and wild pitch help Yankees beat O's
O'Day skipping trip to Toronto with soreness in fingers
Orioles present Rivera with sculpture of a broken bat
Peter Schmuck's "Observation Deck"
Thursday's full scoreboard
AL East standings
BOS 89-59 --
TB 79-66 8.5
NYY 79-68 10
BAL 77-69 11
AL wild-card standings
TEX 81-64 --
TB 79-66 --
NYY 79-68 1
CLE 78-68 1.5
BAL 77-69 2.5
KC 77-69 2.5
(For full standings, click here.)
Orioles at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m.
RHP Jason Hammel (7-8, 5.11 ERA) vs. RHP Todd Redmond (3-2, 4.40 ERA)
Redmond was with the Orioles this spring before being claimed off waivers by the Blue Jays. He pitched against the Orioles on July 13 and gave up homers to Chris Davis and Adam Jones. Is tonight the night Davis hits No. 50?
Other games that matter
Indians (Salazar) at White Sox (Santiago), 2:10 p.m.
Royals (Duffy) at Tigers (Verlander), 7:08 p.m.
Yankees (Kuroda) at Boston (Lackey), 7:10 p.m.
Athletics (Straily) at Rangers (Holland), 8:05 p.m.
Rays (Archer) at Twins (Correia), 8:10 p.m.
Thought of the day
Upon seeing the bronze broken-bat sculpture that the Orioles gave Mariano Rivera last night, one of my friends (a Yankees fan) texted me to say that he thought it was second-best gift the legendary closer has received on his farewell tour.
I don't think there's any question that the Minnesota Twins' rocking chair of broken bats is the leader in the clubhouse -- and I think that one sort of takes some steam away from the Orioles' idea. (Perhaps that's why Buck Showalter joked before the ceremony that "all the good gifts are gone.")