[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

Is lack of postseason experience bad for O's?
Schmuck: Looking at possible playoff opponents
Matt Wieters' wife gives birth this morning
Thursday's full scoreboard


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


Today’s game

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)

 

Key matchup

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:

Orioles complete Red Sox's collapse with walk-off win in season finale

It's a good read, and it's striking to think of how much has changed in the past year.

 

Inside the enemy clubhouses


Why Fernando Rodney is awesome

Yankees aren't a sure bet for playoffs yet

As season winds down, A's Cespedes feels at home

A's pitcher Braden argues with police at anti-violence rally

 

Poll question





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