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85-72, 3rd in AL East

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Good news for the Tigers and Mariners as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 5-1 behind six strong innings from Aaron Sanchez, who recorded 10 K's -- eight of those coming on his fastball, a season best. Sanchez is slated to next go on Sunday, but the Jays hope to have a spot clinched by then so he'll be ready for the wild-card game.

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Intrigue north of the border

Have you checked those American League wild-card standings lately? Allow us to refresh your memory: the Blue Jays entered Tuesday just one game ahead of Orioles. And guess which two teams play each other over the next three days in Toronto? Baseball's final week madness

Tulowitzki shows off reflexes with sweet diving catch (0:25)

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka could still make his final start of the year this weekend against the Orioles. Tanaka missed his last start because of slight tightness in his forearm, closer to his wrist. The Yankees' team doctor, Chris Ahmad, cleared Tanaka to play catch on Tuesday, which he did successfully. On Wednesday, Tanaka will throw long toss. Even if the Yankees are eliminated, Tanaka would like to make his final start. He currently leads the American League with a 3.07 ERA.

Lineup: Orioles (85-71) at Blue Jays (86-70)

  • 1. Adam Jones, CF (R)
  • 2. Chris Davis, 1B (L)
  • 3. Manny Machado, 3B (R)
  • 4. Mark Trumbo, RF (R)
  • 5. Pedro Alvarez, DH (L)
  • 6. Jonathan Schoop, 2B (R)
  • 7. Matt Wieters, C (S)
  • 8. Michael Bourn, LF (L)
  • 9. J.J. Hardy, SS (R)
  • SP: Kevin Gausman, RHP
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Which Orioles have mastered spin rate?

Spin rate is a relatively new factor of pitching being explored, but those who do it best are finding success. Dylan Bundy is among pitchers with the highest spin rates on four-seam fastballs. Why spin rate matters (Insider)

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Orioles enjoy a good day off

The O's didn't take the field on Monday, but their wild-card chances improved due to losses by the Blue Jays and Tigers. The Mariners beat the Astros, sending Houston's postseason hopes to the brink.

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Hitter to watch: Manny Machado

The Orioles begin a big three-game series at Toronto on Tuesday, and Machado seems due at the plate. He's hitting .254 with two home runs and just four RBIs over his past 17 games. Schoenfield: Daily wild-card watch (Insider)

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Orioles fall in Power Rankings

The O's offense has been down more often than up lately, but rookie Trey Mancini is providing quite the boost. Baltimore could use some more of his power over its final six games to hold on to a wild-card spot. Week 25 Power Rankings

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Who's a surprise World Series contender?

Both Eno Sarris and Jeff Sullivan explain why they think the Orioles are the team best positioned to make some noise if they make the playoffs. MLB Insiders Roundtable

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Big series ahead for Orioles, Blue Jays

The two AL wild-card leaders will face off in Toronto starting Tuesday. The three-game set figures to have a postseason feel, with each game being must-win for both teams. Buster Olney breaks down the matchup. Key final-week series (Insider)

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Zach Britton is best in close games

Sunday's 2-1 Orioles' win marked the 14th save for Britton this season in games that he entered with a one-run lead. No other pitcher in the majors has saved more than three games which they entered in that situation without blowing a lead at least once under those circumstances, per the Elias Sports Bureau. Britton is 46-for-46 in saves this year.

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Sunday's longest home runs

Lost in the shuffle of a benches-clearing incident between the Pirates and Nationals, Jung Ho Kang and Jayson Werth both hit deep blasts in the game. Corey Seager's 414-footer came with the Dodgers down a run in the ninth, allowing them to come back and clinch the NL West.

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Jays, Orioles pulling away in wild card

The Blue Jays beat the Yankees in three straight over the weekend and the O's swept the D-backs, allowing both teams to create a gap in the wild-card standings. The Tigers' loss on Sunday nearly cut their playoff chances in half (50 percent entering the day).

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The flawed AL wild-card race

The Blue Jays look comfortable in their wild-card spot, but the other AL wild-card contenders have issues. Here's a look at what those problems are.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Quick AL wild-card recap: Blue Jays are pretty safe, Orioles win, Tigers lose, Mariners win, Astros win. Orioles have opened a 1.5-game lead on Detroit, 2.5 on Seattle. Their final six are at Toronto and at the Yankees. The sweep of the Diamondbacks improved their playoff odds from 31 percent to 62 percent.

David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger 

Everyone is scoreboard watching at this point, and you know the Orioles have seen the Royals jump to a quick 7-0 lead over the Tigers as Matt Boyd couldn't retire a batter. Meanwhile, the Orioles have a 2-0 lead over the Diamondbacks on Hyun Soo Kim's two-run homer and Dylan Bundy's three hitless innings. It's shaping up as a good day for the Orioles.

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Orioles reclaim second wild-card spot

After Detroit lost Saturday afternoon, Baltimore took advantage in the evening, beating Arizona to work its way back into a playoff spot. Seattle, Houston and New York all lost, hurting their already slim chances.

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Saturday's longest home runs

Nelson Cruz's monster 454-foot blast at Target Field led the way on Saturday. Kendrys Morales' 433-footer was No. 30 on the year, while Trey Mancini's 432-foot homer was his third in as many career starts. Maikel Franco and Stephen Piscotty round out the list.

Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Batting Average.25615th
On Base Percentage.31721st
Slugging Percentage.4453rd
Earned Run Average4.2819th
Quality Starts65Tied-22nd

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