[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

Today’s game

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)


Key matchup

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.