1. Last gasp. The Orioles are down to three games remaining before the nonwaiver trade deadline, and this weekend's series against the Rangers might not be the best gauge for whether to buy or sell. The Orioles swept four games from the Rangers at Camden Yards from July 17-20. The Rangers are 5-2 since then, and they are one of five teams between the Orioles and the second wild-card spot. The Orioles have a chance to close to within 2½ games of a postseason spot by the time the weekend ends, but that will require a good amount of help.