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Orioles down the stretch (Sept. 15)

[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

Late homer off Tillman sends Orioles to 4-3 loss to Blue Jays
Schmuck: Buck's managerial magic hasn't been quite the same
Notes: Bud Norris will resume throwing today, may start in Tampa
Saturday's full scoreboard

AL East standings

BOS     91-59    --
TB       81-66    8.5
NYY     79-70   11.5
BAL     78-70    12

AL wild-card standings

TEX       81-66     --
TB        81-66       --
CLE      80-68     1.5
NYY      79-70     3
BAL      78-70     3.5
KC       78-70     3.5

(For full standings, click here.)

Today's game

Orioles at Blue Jays, 1:07 p.m.

RHP Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 4.00 ERA) vs. LHP Mark Buehrle (11-8, 4.18 ERA)

Key matchup

Nick Markakis has had considerable success in his career against Buehrle, batting .412 (14-for-34) with three doubles, two homers and five RBIs.

Other games that matter

Royals (Guthrie) at Tigers (Scherzer), 1:08 p.m.

Indians (McAllister) at White Sox (Sale), 2:10 p.m.

Rays (Price) at Twins (Hernandez), 2:10 p.m.

Athletics (Parker) at Rangers (Perez), 3:05 p.m.

Yankees (Nova) at Red Sox (Buchholz), 8 p.m.

Inside enemy clubhouses

Soriano is the latest injured Yankee

Royals' Pena likely out for season after emergency appendectomy

Tim Cowlishaw on why it's all gone south for the Texas Rangers

No-name A's find themselves in a similar place

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