The Orioles head into tonight's game against the White Sox with a change to cut the New Yankees AL East lead to 2 1/2 games with a win tonight after New York's 6-5 afternoon loss to the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.
In their continuing pursuit to bolster an upstart club heading into a September pennant push, the Orioles are prepared to sign veteran left-hander Randy Wolf, who was released last week by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Joe Saunders, who was acquired Sunday in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was in the Orioles' clubhouse Tuesday and will make his O's debut against the Chicago White Sox Wednesday at Camden Yards.
The Orioles optioned right-hander Jake Arrieta back to Triple-A Norfolk following Monday's 4-3 win over the White Sox to make 25-man roster room for newly-acquired left-hander Joe Saunders, who arrived during the game Monday.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will start for the Orioles tonight. Chen (12-7), who has won four of his last five starts, won his first major league game against the White Sox on April 17, allowing two runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings in a 3-2 win at U.S. Cellular Field.
As we reported last night, the salary of Joe Blanton is a sticking point in a deal to bring the husky right-hander to Baltimore. The Orioles just aren¿t paying $3 million or anything close to it for a two-month rental, No. 4-type starter
The Orioles' first-half statistics aren't pretty, but they hold one statistical trump card. The only one that really, truly matters right now: .529. That's the fifth best winning percentage in the American League.