Tonight at 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for the Orioles to set their 40-man roster ahead of next month¿s Rule 5 draft, and the club likely will protect a couple of additional minor leaguers since their roster is currently at 37.
The Orioles (56-54) have dropped three games behind the Angels (59-51) for the second American League wild card and remain five games behind the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East. The Orioles head to Seattle for the last leg of their three-city West Coast swing with a 3-3 record on this trip.
Keep in mind Buck Showalter once ordered an intentional walk to Barry Bonds with the bases loaded, so the decision on Sunday to walk Mike Trout and Albert Pujols to load the bases with two outs in the 11th inning shouldn't have shocked anyone. That doesn't mean I agree with it.
The Orioles were hoping they were getting to Anaheim at just the right time, since the Angels entered the series in a 3-10 slump. Of course, the trouble with slumping teams is that they have to break out at some point.
Mike Wright was nothing short of brilliant, mixing in a 97-mph fastball, with a low-90s sinker, and a sharp slider and curve to help the Orioles (16-19) avoid a sweep in a three-game series against the Angels (19-18).
A day after Orioles manager Buck Showalter finished second in the Sporting News' American League Manager of the Year voting, none of the team's players were selected for the publication's AL All-Star team.
No matter how well the Orioles do this season, perhaps the most improbable moment of 2014 for those who have followed this club over the past several years occurred in the third inning of the All-Star Game in Minnesota in July -- and it had little to do with the current Orioles.
On Tuesday night, Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez shut down the highest scoring lineup in the major leagues for seven innings and fell one out short of his third straight eight-inning outing in a 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels in front of an announced 35,353.
Sometimes shadows at certain ballparks play a factor depending on game time. The way a batted ball carries can be different whether it is day or night. And in Monday's 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels, the Orioles learned about a certain nuance of Angel Stadium of Anaheim the hard way.