[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.)
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)
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.)