Six of the eight Orioles who played all 18 innings in Friday's six hour, 54-minute marathon were in Saturday's starting lineup. It took them until the ninth to score in Saturday's 5-1 defeat to the Rays.
For the first time in his professional career, usual No. 2 hitter Manny Machado is leading off. Adam Jones, who has hit exclusively third or fourth this season, is batting second. And Danny Valencia, who is 9-for-12 lifetime against Tampa Bay starter David Price, is batting cleanup.
After his five-inning, three-run effort Friday in his first major league start since late July, Jason Hammel said he will prepare as though he's making another start when the next turn comes, but it's still unclear whether the right-hander will stay in the Orioles' rotation.
The Orioles selected the contract of first baseman Dan Johnson from Triple-A Norfolk to add another left-handed bat in place of rookie outfielder Henry Urrutia, who is not with the team in Canada because of visa issues.
Tuesday night¿s game -- and the momentum of the Orioles' September push toward the postseason -- both took a turn for the worse in the eighth inning of Baltimore 7-5 loss to the Yankees at Camden Yards.
Down to their final out, the Orioles finally came though with men on, as Matt Wieters hit a two-out, two-run single in the 10th inning to deliver a 4-3 comeback win in front of an announced 23,653 at Camden Yards.
Often in the past 15 years, the Orioles have used September as a proving ground for the following season, experimenting with what they had in order to get a better idea of what they needed to fortify in the winter. That won't be the case with the team in the playoff chase in 2013.
The Orioles traded for right-hander Scott Feldman just more than two months ago to fortify their starting rotation. They believed the veteran they acquired from the Chicago Cubs would be a valuable asset in their chase for a playoff spot.
After lasting just 2 1/3 innings Wednesday in his first big league start since July, lefty Zach Britton's next appearance seemed tenuous. It's now expected to happen within the next week for the short-season Single-A Aberdeen IronBirds.
And when Indians ace Justin Masterson was forced from Monday¿s series opener in the second inning with soreness on the left side of his rib cage, the door of opportunity swung wide open as the Orioles stormed through with a 7-2 win in front of an announced 15,020 at Progressive Field
The Orioles made major switches at the catcher position on the first day of roster expansion Sunday, designating backup Taylor Teagarden for assignment while purchasing the contracts of veteran Chris Snyder and Baltimore native Steve Clevenger from Triple-A Norfolk.
When the Orioles left Baltimore for their nine-game road trip to Boston, New York and Cleveland, they knew how important it would be to play well against three teams they are jockeying with for playoff spots.
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen had never thrown fewer than four innings or given up more than seven runs in any of his starts as a major leaguer. He picked a particularly inopportune time to do both.