Adam Jones and the Orioles begin a three-game series against the Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park.
Adam Jones and the Orioles begin a three-game series against the Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park. (Jim Rogash, Getty Images)

[Back for its second year, "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

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AL East standings

BOS     92-59    --
TB       82-67    9
BAL     79-70    12
NYY     79-71   12.5

AL wild-card standings

TEX       82-67     --
TB        81-68       --
CLE      81-69     0.5
BAL      79-70     2
NYY      79-71    2.5
KC       79-71    2.5

(For full standings, click here.)


Tonight's game

Orioles at Red Sox, 7:10 p.m.

RHP Scott Feldman (5-4, 3.62 ERA) vs. RHP Ryan Dempster (8-9, 4.70 ERA)


Key matchup

Current hitters on the Orioles roster have batted a combined .203 against Dempster for their careers. It's a particularly grim matchup for J.J. Hardy, who is just 3-for-32 (.094) lifetime against the right-hander.

Other games that matter

Yankees (Pettitte) at Blue Jays (Dickey), 7:07 p.m.

Rangers (Tepesch) at Rays (Hellickson), 7:10 p.m.

Indians (Kluber) at Royals (Duffy), 8:10 p.m.

Angels (Richards) at Athletics (Gray), 10:05 p.m.

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