1. On the brink: It might be fair to say the Orioles' hopes of winning the American League East are dead. They're six games behind the Red Sox and one behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the division with 10 games to go. But a win over the Red Sox tonight might preserve a faint glimmer. The Orioles' true focus from here should be catching the Blue Jays in the wild-card race and holding off the Detroit Tigers (half-game back), Houston Astros (1 GB), Seattle Mariners (2 GB) and New York Yankees (2 1/2 GB).