- Sometimes you need a little luck to make the postseason. And as the Orioles battle for a playoff spot with the final third of the season getting under way, it seems they have developed a knack for missing opposing teams' aces.
- Although they were playing 3,000 miles away from home and against an American League West opponent, the Orioles had a chance to make some serious headway in their playoff hunt beginning Friday.
- Orioles were hoping they'd get right-hander Chris Tillman back on the mound Friday against the Los Angeles Angels. The best-case scenario now is that Tillman returns from a sprained left ankle in time for Sunday's series finale in Anaheim, not far from where he grew up. If not there, he'll likely start Monday's opener in Seattle against the Mariners, the club that drafted him in 2006.
- The Orioles have received plenty of interest in their major league hitting coach position, getting inundated with applicants since the opening became public on Monday.