1. Separation time. With 32 games to go, this could be a big series for the separation in the playoff race that Buck Showalter was talking about. The Orioles' weekend series in Boston makes them the hottest team in the wild-card competition. With four straight wins, they're just two games behind the Twins for the second wild card, and have only two teams in between — the Angels and Mariners, who are both a half-game ahead of the Orioles. A series win, or a sweep, would be huge for the Orioles at this time of year, both to stay hot and perhaps even get the upper hand in the race.