Orioles down the stretch (Sept. 20)

[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

Orioles muster just 2 hits in 3-1 loss to Boston
Notes: O'Day happy to return to the mound
Peter Schmuck's Orioles Observation Deck
Showalter uncertain about Saturday's starter
Thursday's full scoreboard

AL East standings

BOS     93-61    --
TB       83-69    9
BAL     81-71    11

AL wild-card standings

TB        83-69     --
TEX      83-69       --
CLE      83-70    0.5
BAL      81-71     2
KC       80-72     3
NYY     80-73    3.5

(For full standings, click here.)

Tonight's game

Orioles at Rays, 7:10 p.m.

RHP Jason Hammel (7-8, 5.12 ERA) vs. LHP David Price (8-8, 3.42 ERA)

Key matchup

Matt Wieters and J.J. Hardy have the most career success against Price. Wieters is 12-for-35 (.343) with a homer and five doubles. Hardy is 10-for-32 (.313) with four doubles.

Other games that matter

Astros (Oberholtzer) at Indians (McAllister), 7:05 p.m.

Giants (Lincecum) at Yankees (Sabathia), 7:05 p.m.

Blue Jays (Rogers) at Red Sox (Lester), 7:10 p.m.

Rangers (Perez) at Royals (Santana), 8:10 p.m.


Inside enemy clubhouses

Promising pitcher Odorizzi to join Rays bullpen

Yankees' Girardi vague about his future

Indians' Kipnis might be tiring at the plate


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