[Down the stretch is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming night for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues.]
About last night
Orioles beat Mariners, 4-2, in 18-inning marathon
Duquette says O's have what it takes to win AL East
Thome and Patton expected to be back Friday
Schmuck: Machado deserves a shot at Rookie of the Year
Tuesday's full scoreboard
AL East Standings
BAL Â Â Â Â Â 84-64 Â Â Â --
NYY Â Â Â Â Â 83-63 Â Â Â --
TBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 78-70 Â Â Â Â 6
AL Wild-Card Standings
OAK Â Â Â 84-63 Â Â Â Â --
BAL Â Â Â Â 83-64 Â Â Â Â Â --
LAAÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 81-67 Â Â Â Â 3
DETÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â 78-69 Â Â Â 5.5
TBÂ Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â 78-70 Â Â Â 6
Orioles at Mariners. 10:10 p.m.
LHP Joe Saunders (8-12, 4.24 ERA) vs. RHP Felix Hernandez (13-8, 2.92 ERA)
This would be an odd matchup to work in the Orioles' favor, but Endy Chavez is 6-for-10 in his career against King Felix. The Orioles' other top hitters against Hernandez are Nick Markakis, Jim Thome and Brian Roberts -- but I'm guessing none of them are going to get a hit tonight.
Other games that matter
Blue Jays (Alvarez) at Yankees (Pettitte), 1:05 p.m.
Blue Jays (Romero) at Yankees (Phelps), 7:05 p.m.
Athletics (Anderson) at Tigers (Verlander), 7:05 p.m.
Red Sox (Matsuzaka) at Rays (Archer), 7:10 p.m.
White Sox (Sale) at Royals (Chen), 8:10 p.m.
Rangers (Holland) at Angels (Wilson), 10:05 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 â" which are allowed to carry 40 players in September â" must get down to a normal 25-man roster for the wild-card playoff.
But theyâll be allowed to set a new 25-man roster should they advance to the division series.