Opposite dugout: Blue Jays looking to wrap up AL East against Orioles

Manager: John Gibbons (8th season) Record: 90-65 Last 10 games: 7-3 Who to watch: 3B Josh Donaldson (.299/.373/.578 with 41 HR, 122 RBIs), RF Jose Bautista (.259/.374/.539 with 39 HR, 110 RBIs), 1B Edwin Encarnacion (35 HR and 105 RBIs), LHP David Price (18-5, 2.45 ERA), RHP Marco Estrada (13-8, 3.13 ERA) Season series vs. Orioles: 9-6 Pitching probables: Sept. 28: RHP Marco Estrada vs. ... read more

Andrew Stetka: For Orioles, goals have changed in season's final week

The Orioles face a daunting task as they enter their final week of 2015. No longer in the running to repeat as American League East champions, and barely hanging on as wild card contenders, the O's are now simply trying to stack as many wins as possible heading into the offseason. A few weeks back, I looked at the team's struggles in the same negative ... read more

Matthew Taylor: A surprising outcome from O's sweep of Nationals

What could be more surprising from this week's series with the Washington Nationals than the Orioles getting the sweep in D.C.? For me, it's the fact that I came away with a greater appreciation and respect for Bryce Harper. The heated three-game set left me thinking less about rivalry and more about respect, starting first and foremost with the Nationals' young superstar. Go figure. If ... read more

Opposite dugout: Red Sox are trying to stay out of last place in AL East

Manager: Torey Lovullo, interim manager (1st season) Record: 72-80 Last 10 games: 4-6 Who to watch: DH Davis Ortiz (36 HR, 101 RBIs), SS Xander Bogaerts (.322 with 79 RBIs), 2B Dustin Pedroia (.297 with 12 HR), CF Mookie Betts (.293 with 15 HR, 71 RBIs, 20 SB), LHP Robbie Ross Jr. (4.06 ERA, 5 saves) Season series vs. Orioles: 5-11 Pitching probables: Sept. 25: ... read more

Zach Wilt: Jonathan Papelbon's history with the Orioles

Jonathan Papelbon desperately wanted out of Philadelphia for a chance to pitch in October again. The veteran reliever spent seven seasons in Boston with the Red Sox and put together an impressive resume that included pitching in four postseasons and recording the final out of the 2007 World Series. How can anyone forget that riverdance celebration? Things went south in 2011 when the Sox entered ... read more

Domenic Valada: "Battle of the Beltways" an extra-special series

With the O's in DC this week, we find ourselves watching National League games for the first time in a while. Some people like interleague play, and some don't - either view point is fine with me. But I'm a fan of it. People might ask how I can call myself a purist and like interleague play. The answer is because, as I said, I'm ... read more

Matt Kremnitzer: O's philosophies may have to change

As Andrew Stetka discussed yesterday, you know the Orioles are not going to re-sign all of their impending free agents. There's a very real possibility that they decide to let all of them walk. The choice to not re-sign Nelson Cruz, and to a lesser extent Nick Markakis and Andrew Miller, hurt the 2015 team somewhat, but a lot of that collapse has come from ... read more

Andrew Stetka: Adam Jones' heart is in the right place

When I read last week that Adam Jones wanted to meet with Peter Angelos, Dan Duquette and Buck Showalter during the offseason to discuss the team's plans for re-signing players and making trades, I honestly thought it was an old link. It was the same story last offseason when Jones wanted to discuss the team's mindset following an American League East crown. Now that the ... read more