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About last night
AL East Standings
BAL 84-64 --
NYY 83-63 --
TB 78-70 6
OAK 84-63 --
BAL 83-64 --
LAA 81-67 3
DET 78-69 5.5
TB 78-70 6
Orioles at Mariners. 10:10 p.m.
This would be an odd matchup to work in the Orioles' favor, but
is 6-for-10 in his career against King Felix. The Orioles' other top hitters against Hernandez are
-- but I'm guessing none of them are going to get a hit tonight.
Other games that matter
Blue Jays (Romero) at Yankees (Phelps), 7:05 p.m.
Red Sox (Matsuzaka) at Rays (Archer), 7:10 p.m.
Thought of the day
Preparing for the first-ever one-game wild-card playoff will involve some roster decisions for the teams involved, but the managers in that situation will apparently have some flexability.
Teams – which are allowed to carry 40 players in September – must get down to a normal 25-man roster for the wild-card playoff.
But they'll be allowed to set a new 25-man roster should they advance to the division series.
This, as ESPN's Buster Olney pointed out on his blog yesterday, means managers only need one starter and could load their rosters with extra position players and relievers for that one-game playoff.
For example, let’s pretend the Orioles are in that playoff, and they decide
Buck Showalter and Dan Duquette then wouldn’t necessarily need to place other starters like
It also makes it easier to carry a guy like
Of course, the other team involved will have the opportunity to do the same thing, so I don't think it'll give either side an advantage – regardless of which teams make that playoff.
But it's an interesting quirk and one I'm sure Showalter would plan to make the most of.
It might be tougher to determine a 25-man roster for the best-of-five division series, but that's a problem the Orioles would love to have.
Inside the enemy clubhouses
Tweet of the night