[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
AL East Standings
NYY 90-66 --
BAL 89-67 1
TB 86-70 4
AL Wild-Card Standings
BAL 89-67 --
OAK 88-68 --
LAA 86-70 2
TB 86-70 2
CWS 82-74 6
Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m.
RHP Aaron Cook (4-10, 5.13 ERA) vs. RHP Chris Tillman (8-2, 3.08 ERA)
Mark Reynolds is 17-for-44 (.386) with 6 homers and 16 RBIs this season against the Red Sox. He's only 1-for-6 this year against Cook, but that hit was a homer.
Other games that matter
Yankees (Kuroda) at Blue Jays (Jenkins), 7:07 p.m.
Angels (Weaver) at Rangers (Dempster), 8:05 p.m.
Rays (Hellickson) at White Sox (Floyd), 8:10 p.m.
Tigers (Smyly) at Twins (Diamond), 8:10 p.m.
Mariners (Beavan) at Athletics (Griffin), 10:05 p.m.
Thought of the day
As you've probably heard, Matt Wieters and his wife had their first son early this morning.
Sept. 28 is also special for a different reason.
Today is the one-year anniversary of Game 162, the wild ending to the 2011 regular season, which of course included the Orioles eliminating the Red Sox from playoff contention.
Funny that Boston would be in town tonight, huh?
There's not much more about that night that can be said. But to mark the day, so here's a link to our story from that night a year ago:
It's a good read, and it's striking to think of how much has changed in the past year.
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