[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

O's beat Red Sox and move into a tie for 1st place
Brooks Robinson brings home legends celebration
Nate McLouth has gotten back to being Nate McLouth
Matt Wieters talks about birth of his son Maverick
Notes on Hammel, Pearce, Wolf and more
Brooks and Manny: 3B past and present
Saturday's full scoreboard


AL East Standings


BAL       91-67     --
NYY       91-67     --
TB         87-71     4

AL Wild-Card Standings

BAL/NYY    91-67      --
OAK         90-68         --
LAA          87-70      2.5
TB            87-71      3


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Today’s game

Red Sox at Orioles, 1:35 p.m.

RHP Zach Stewart (1-3, 7.91 ERA) vs. LHP Joe Saunders (8-13, 4.09 ERA)

 

Key matchup

Nobody on the Orioles has more than four at-bats against Stewart, but J.J. Hardy is 3-for-4 against the former White Sox right-hander with a homer and a double.

 

Other games that matter


Angels (Greinke) at Rangers (Darvish), 1:05 p.m.

Angels (Santana) at Rangers (Holland), 7:05 p.m.

Yankees (Hughes) at Blue Jays (Alvarez), 1:07 p.m.

Rays (Price) at White Sox (Quintana), 2:10 p.m.

Tigers (Sanchez) at Twins (Hendriks), 2:10 p.m.

Mariners (Ramirez) at Athletics (Milone), 4:05 p.m.

 

Thought of the day


As if an AL East pennant race and a four-way battle for the wild card weren't enough, Orioles manager Buck Showalter mentioned another reason the Orioles felt they needed to win Saturday.