[Down the stretch is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming day for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues.]

About last night

O's refuse to let Boston play spoiler in 9-1 win
Andino downplays anniversary of his 'Curse' on Sox
Reimold visits clubhouse, gives update on recovery
Orioles break the 2 million fan threshold
Flaherty plays a role in bashing his childhood team
Brooks Robinson excited for his sculpture ceremony
Friday's full scoreboard

AL East Standings

NYY       91-66     --
BAL       90-67     1
TB         86-71     5

AL Wild-Card Standings

BAL          90-67      --
OAK         89-68         --
LAA          87-70       2
TB            86-71      3

Today’s game

Red Sox at Orioles, 7:05 p.m.

LHP Felix Doubront (11-9, 4.91 ERA) vs. RHP Steve Johnson (4-0, 1.62 ERA)


Key matchup

Doubront has pitched well against the Orioles, and he allowed just one run in seven innings in their meeting Sunday. Chris Davis has the best numbers against him, going 2-for-5 with a double this season (3-for-8 over their careers).


Other games that matter

Yankees (Pettitte) at Blue Jays (Romero), 1:07 p.m.

Rays (Moore) at White Sox (Sale), 4:05 p.m.

Tigers (Verlander) at Twins (Walters), 4:05 p.m.

Mariners (Vargas) at Athletics (Straily), 4:05 p.m.

Angels (Santana) at Rangers (Holland), 4:05 p.m.


Thought of the day

OK, we've reached the point where we can start talking about the Orioles' clinching scenarios without making your head explode (too much).

With the help of the great mathematician Dan Connolly, here's what we've got:

-- In the simplest scenario, if the Orioles win three of their final five games, they're in the postseason for the first time since 1997.

But you'd like to see them pop the bubbly at home, so here are two scenarios in which they could clinch Sunday at Camden Yards.