The Orioles have until Friday night at midnight to make Wieters a qualifying offer, and while they are leaning towards doing so, according to club sources, the Orioles brass is still discussing it in the Warehouse.
Following a 4-3 loss to the Blue Jays on Monday night in front of an announced crowd of 19,093 at Camden Yards, Toronto could celebrate their first division crown since 1993 as early as Tuesday on the Orioles' home field.
After taking a tie game into the bottom of the eighth, the Orioles were on the brink of disaster as reliever Darren O¿Day loaded the bases with no outs. Somehow, O¿Day escaped the inning without allowing a run, and the Orioles rallied for three runs in the top of the ninth to give them a 5-3 win over the Jays in front of a sellout crowd of 46,018.
Orioles left-hander Brian Matusz is available for today's series finale against the Toronto Blue Jays after being bedridden the past two days with an illness that included a brief stay in a local hospital.
As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat in his office at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on a sunny afternoon earlier this month, overlooking a well-manicured cloverleaf of fields, a bitter winter seemed like an eternity ago in more ways than one.