[Editor's note: Down the stretch is a daily
About last night
NYY 77-59 --
BAL 76-60 1
TB 75-62 2.5
BAL 76-60 --
OAK 76-60 --
TB 75-62 1.5
LAA 74-63 2.5
DET 73-63 3
Yankees at Orioles, 7:05 p.m.
While he's hardly been a superstar this season, Yankees 3B
Other game that (kind of) matters
(Feldman) at Royals (Hochevar), 8:10 p.m.
Thought of the day
It's somewhat fitting that Opening Day starter Jake Arrieta is expected to join the Orioles today, because tonight's game against the Yankees will be an event unlike any other at Camden Yards since that sunny afternoon in April when the season started against the
Tonight's game is sold out, which means the attendance could reach the season-high of 46,773 set Opening Day. And, in a lot of ways, this is the true opening of the playoff push here in Baltimore.
Sure, every game this month has been big. But you can't tell me playing before 13,000 fans at
Adam Jones and
Now we'll see how the Orioles respond.
We saw Wednesday night how tough this month is going to be. The O's, for all intents and purposes, played a solid game. Jones and Reynolds homered, and Miguel Gonzalez gave his team a chance to win. But the Jays scratched across enough runs and got the benefit of the closest call of the night.
As the O's said after the game, that's baseball -- and that's also why surviving one of the most cluttered September battle royales in baseball history is going to be a nightly, nail-biting challenge.
In a matter of 24 hours, the AL East and AL wild-card races both clenched even tighter. After sitting in first place for one glorious Wednesday in September, the O's could finish this weekend on the outside of both races and scrambling to catch up.
Of course, they'll have 40,000+ in their corner tonight, and those fans will be full of hope. Kind of like an Opening Day, but something you don't expect to see in these parts on Sept. 6.
Inside the enemy clubhouses
Tweet of the night