[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
Thome keys 12th-inning rally as O's win, 9-6
O's extra-inning win streak defies probability
Notes: Andino not thrilled by Friday's beaning
Schmuck: Role reversal for Baltimore, Boston
An expert explains Oriole Magic
A win today at Fenway would tie a club record
Saturday's full scoreboard
AL East Standings
NYY 88-63 --
BAL 87-64 1
TB 82-70 6.5
AL Wild-Card Standings
BAL 87-64 --
OAK 85-66 --
LAA 83-69 2.5
TB 82-70 3.5
DET 80-70 4.5
Orioles at Red Sox, 1:35 p.m.
RHP Chris Tillman (8-2, 3.22 ERA) vs. LHP Felix Doubront (11-9, 5.08 ERA)
Dustin Pedroia is one of the few recongnizable names in the Red Sox lineup these days, and he's 3-for-7 in his career against Tillman with a double. Tillman has been dominant against right-handed hitters, though, holding them to a .198 batting average this year.
Other games that matter
Athletics (Griffin) at Yankees (Kuroda), 1:05 p.m.
Twins (Diamond) at Tigers (Smyly), 1:05 p.m.
Twins (Walters) at Tigers (Scherzer), 7:05 p.m.
Blue Jays (Jenkins) at Rays (Cobb), 1:40 p.m.
White Sox (Floyd) at Angels (Weaver), 3:35 p.m.
Rangers (Dempster) at Mariners (Vargas), 4:10 p.m.
Thought of the day
Need another reminder how volatile this year's playoff race is?
At this time last week, the Oakland A's were looking like a near shoo-in to host the wild-card game. Reporters who cover a number of teams were looking into hotels in the Bay Area.
Today, Oakland's stock is dropping fast, following two gut-punch extra-inning losses to the New York Yankees, yesterday's coming after they blew a four-run lead in the 13th inning.
Since taking the first two games from the Orioles last weekend, the A's are 1-5 and now sit just 2.5 games ahead of the Angels.