[Down the stretch is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming day for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues.]
About last night
Orioles clinch first playoff berth since 1997
Schmuck: Long day ends with O's back in postseason
Cowherd: It wasn't easy, but the wait is over
Adam Jones wins Most Valuable Oriole award
Jim Johnson reaches 50-save milestone
Buck and Duquette talk about playoff berth
O's charter flight needed emergency landing
AL East Standings
*BAL 92-67 --
*NYY 92-67 --
TB 88-71 4
AL Wild-Card Standings
*BAL/NYY 92-67 --
OAK 91-68 --
LAA 88-71 3
TB 88-71 3
* Clinched postseason berth
Orioles at Rays, 7:10 p.m.
LHP Wei-Yin Chen (12-10, 4.11 ERA) vs. RHP Alex Cobb (10-9, 4.18 ERA)
Rays infielder Jeff Keppinger is 4-for-8 with 2 RBIs against Chen.
Other games that matter
Red Sox (Buchholz) at Yankees (Sabathia), 7:05 p.m.
White Sox (Santiago) at Indians (Kluber), 7:05 p.m.
Tigers (Porcello) at Royals (Chen), 8:10 p.m.
Rangers (Perez) at Athletics (Parker), 10:05 p.m.
Angels (Wilson) at Mariners (Hernandez), 10:10 p.m.
NOTE: The Tigers lead the White Sox by three games with three to play, so any Detroit win or Chicago loss will end the AL Central race.
Thought of the day
True to form, these Orioles didn't do the whole postseason clinching thing in traditional fashion.