[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 beat Mariners, 4-2, in 18-inning marathon
Duquette says O's have what it takes to win AL East
Thome and Patton expected to be back Friday
Schmuck: Machado deserves a shot at Rookie of the Year
Tuesday's full scoreboard
AL East Standings
BAL 84-64 --
NYY 83-63 --
TB 78-70 6
AL Wild-Card Standings
OAK 84-63 --
BAL 83-64 --
LAA 81-67 3
DET 78-69 5.5
TB 78-70 6
Orioles at Mariners. 10:10 p.m.
LHP Joe Saunders (8-12, 4.24 ERA) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (13-8, 2.92 ERA)
This would be an odd matchup to work in the Orioles' favor, but Endy Chavez is 6-for-10 in his career against King Felix. The Orioles' other top hitters against Hernandez are Nick Markakis, Jim Thome and Brian Roberts -- but I'm guessing none of them are going to get a hit tonight.
Other games that matter
Blue Jays (Alvarez) at Yankees (Pettitte), 1:05 p.m.
Blue Jays (Romero) at Yankees (Phelps), 7:05 p.m.
Athletics (Anderson) at Tigers (Verlander), 7:05 p.m.
Red Sox (Matsuzaka) at Rays (Archer), 7:10 p.m.
White Sox (Sale) at Royals (Chen), 8:10 p.m.
Rangers (Holland) at Angels (Wilson), 10:05 p.m.
Thought of the day
Preparing for the first-ever one-game wild-card playoff will involve some roster decisions for the teams involved, but the managers in that situation will apparently have some flexability.
Teams – which are allowed to carry 40 players in September – must get down to a normal 25-man roster for the wild-card playoff.
But they’ll be allowed to set a new 25-man roster should they advance to the division series.