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I still like the Orioles’ chances of making the playoffs if they can find 25 healthy players in October.

Another game brought another injury, this one to Wilson Betemit, whose wrist pain most likely has ended his season. Manager Buck Showalter delivered the news on MASN following the Orioles’ 3-2 loss in Oakland.

Meet the new injury, same as the old injury.

It’s not a huge blow. It doesn’t rival the losses of Nick Markakis and Jason Hammel. But Betemit was hitting .302 against right-handers and figured to be a semi-regular designated hitter this month with Chris Davis moving to right field. Plus, he worked so hard to return after missing three weeks and he wanted to contribute down the stretch. It’s hard not to feel sorry for the guy.

Last night’s game ended with Xavier Avery being thrown out trying to steal while Davis, who homered earlier, stood at the plate. It’s a bold, aggressive move when it works, and it looks real bad when it doesn’t.

I understand the logic. Get in scoring position with two outs and a single ties the game. But we saw the flipside last night and it was frustrating, to say the least. Not a good time to take the bat out of Davis’ hands.

I talked to a scout from another organization during the last homestand who described the Orioles as having “chemistry, magic, mojo.” I thought there might be a T-shirt possibility.

The scout had picked the Rays to win the division, but he no longer believes they have enough offense. They don’t play any easy games. It’s a real issue. And he noted that the Yankees’ rotation is a mess.

He also said that catcher Matt Wieters is the Orioles’ most indispensable player.

“If they lose him,” he said, “they’re done.”

Britton-windup-sidebar.jpgTonight’s starter, left-hander Zach Britton, is 3-1 with a 3.71 ERA in five road starts this season. He hasn’t allowed a run over 14 innings in his last two road games at Detroit and Toronto.

In three career starts against Oakland, Britton is 1-1 with a 6.62 ERA in 17 2/3 innings. He completed five innings in all three starts, but made it through the sixth only once.

Oakland’s starter tonight, Jarrod Parker, gave up six runs and eight hits in five innings at Camden Yards back on July 27, but the A’s scored six in the ninth to win, 14-9. Davis and Adam Jones homered off Parker.

The Orioles’ rotation has produced three straight quality starts. Yes, by definition.

Rookie Steve Johnson improved to 3-0 on Tuesday. His father, Dave, was 22-25. Simple math says they’re a combined 25-25, which makes them only the 13th father-son duo in baseball history to combine for a .500 or better record in their careers with a minimum of 50 decisions, according to Elias.

Other notable father-son combinations at .500 or above include Dizzy and Steve Trout, Mel and Todd Stottlemyre, Doug and Kyle Drabek and Pedro Borbon Sr. and Jr.

Steven Bumbry, son of former Orioles center fielder Al Bumbry, is in Germany this weekend while representing Great Britain in the World Baseball Classic’s qualifying tournament. Why Great Britain? His mother is from Wales.

The Orioles are now 18/1 to win the World Series, according to Bovada. Here are the latest odds:

Texas Rangers 9/2
Cincinnati Reds 13/2
Washington Nationals 7/1
New York Yankees 7/1
San Francisco Giants 9/1
Atlanta Braves 14/1
Detroit Tigers 14/1
Los Angeles Angels 15/1
Oakland Athletics 16/1
Chicago White Sox 16/1
Baltimore Orioles 18/1
Tampa Bay Rays 18/1
Los Angeles Dodgers 20/1
Philadelphia Phillies 20/1
St. Louis Cardinals 22/1
Milwaukee Brewers 40/1
Pittsburgh Pirates 66/1
Arizona Diamondbacks 90/1

Shameless plug alert: I’m joining Tom Davis and Dave Johnson for “Wall to Wall Baseball” that runs from noon to 2 p.m. on MASN. And this is the only time that “run” and “Tom Davis” will appear in the same sentence.

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