[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
Orioles on pace to shatter record for fewest errors in a season
DH-INF Wilson Betemit designated for assignment
Adam Jones is Orioles' nominee for Roberto Clemente Award
Peter Schmuck's weekly Orioles grades
Some Monday observations on the upcoming series in Boston
Monday's full scoreboard
AL East standings
BOS 92-59 --
TB 82-67 9
BAL 79-70 12
NYY 79-71 12.5
AL wild-card standings
TEX 82-67 --
TB 81-68 --
CLE 81-69 0.5
BAL 79-70 2
NYY 79-71 2.5
KC 79-71 2.5
(For full standings, click here.)
Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.
RHP Scott Feldman (5-4, 3.62 ERA) vs. RHP Ryan Dempster (8-9, 4.70 ERA)
Current hitters on the Orioles roster have batted a combined .203 against Dempster for their careers. It's a particularly grim matchup for J.J. Hardy, who is just 3-for-32 (.094) lifetime against the right-hander.
Other games that matter
Yankees (Pettitte) at Blue Jays (Dickey), 7:07 p.m.
Rangers (Tepesch) at Rays (Hellickson), 7:10 p.m.
Indians (Kluber) at Royals (Duffy), 8:10 p.m.
Angels (Richards) at Athletics (Gray), 10:05 p.m.
Inside enemy clubhouses