1. Taking the playoff push out west. The Orioles have won seven of nine games to pull within 2½ games of the second wild-card spot as they head on what could be a season-defining 10-game West Coast trip. They begin against the Angels, who sit a half-game behind the Orioles in the playoff race, and finish at the Seattle Mariners, who are one game ahead. The Orioles hope to continue their push for a playoff spot after failing to go over .500 out west each of the past two seasons.