Sunday version of this and that

Despite yesterday's loss, the Orioles already have clinched their first season series over the Athletics since 1998. So, you know, there's always that.

The Orioles trail the all-time series, 249-251, and I largely blame Sal Bando and Herb Washington. And a little bit of Bill North.

You're not completely innocent, Dick Green.

The Orioles are 14-23 in one-run games this season and have lost seven in a row. That's one of the biggest differences from 2012.

Today's starter, Scott Feldman, has a career 4.18 ERA in August, his lowest for any month. He has a 5.16 ERA in September/October, which ranks as his highest. It's 5.15 in June.

Oakland's Alberto Callaspo is 1-for-15 lifetime against Feldman.

I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that Nick Markakis and Ryan Flaherty have each hit eight home runs this season. There's no way that anyone on this blog predicted that they'd be tied at this date.

Markakis doesn't have an extra-base hit in his last 31 games since July 20. He's one game short of tying Seattle shortstop Brendan Ryan for longest streak in the AL this season.

Matt Wieters has thrown out 19 runners attempting to steal this season, the most in the American League. He's caught 37 percent, second in the league behind the Twins' Joe Mauer.

Adam Jones walked yesterday for only the 17th time this season, tying him for third-least among AL players who have appeared in at least 100 games. He's the only player in the majors with 25 or more home runs and fewer than 20 walks.

Chris Tillman didn't get a decision yesterday, leaving him 12-1 lifetime in 15 starts versus the American League West. His ERA dropped to 2.41.

Manny Machado registered his 44th double yesterday, most in the majors. He had 39 through 88 games, but has only five in his last 40 games since July 7.

Nate McLouth is batting .478 with two doubles, a home run, five RBIs, eight runs and three walks in six games against Oakland. The eight runs are his most against any opponent.

McLouth is 13-for-36 (.361) in nine career games against the A's.


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