[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

Chris Davis' 50th homer helps Orioles to 5-3 win over Jays
O's fan from Ellicott City makes sure Davis gets his HR ball
Orioles get some good news about Darren O'Day
A closer look at O's struggles with runners in scoring position
Dan Johnson called up and Steve Clevenger gets first start
A look at every player who's ever hit 50 homers in a season
Friday's full scoreboard


AL East standings

BOS     90-59     --
TB       80-66    8.5
NYY     79-69    10.5
BAL     78-69     11

AL wild-card standings

TEX       81-65     --
TB        80-66       --
CLE      79-68     1.5
NYY      79-69      2
BAL      78-69     2.5
KC       77-70     3.5

(For full standings, click here.)


Today's game

Orioles at Blue Jays, 4:07 p.m.

RHP Chris Tillman (16-5, 3.66 ERA) vs. RHP Esmil Rogers (5-7, 4.46 ERA)


Key matchup

Edwin Encarnacion, the Blue Jays' most dangerous hitter, is 7-for-21 (.333) in his career against Tillman with a homer and a double. Tillman is 2-0 with a 3.57 ERA in three starts against Toronto this season.


Other games that matter

Yankees (Sabathia) at Boston (Lester), 1:05 p.m.

Athletics (Colon) at Rangers (Darvish), 1:05 p.m.

Royals (Santana) at Tigers (Fister), 7:08 p.m.

Indians (Jimenez) at White Sox (Rienzo), 7:10 p.m.

Rays (Moore) at Twins (Albers), 7:10 p.m.


Thought of the day

If you're trying to be optimistic about the Orioles' chances of winning a wild-card berth, it's easy to look at last night's game and say that it could be the one that sparks a furious final push. Chris Davis played the hero role and Baltimore native Steve Clevenger also delivered a crucial two-run double in his first start for the hometown team.

(Sorry Steve, you picked the wrong night if you were hoping to get to the top of our game story.)