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Who Orioles believe could step up in absence of injured O'Day

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Who Orioles believe could step up in absence of injured O'Day

SAN FRANCISCO—What will the Orioles do without Darren O’Day? How long will he be lost? 

The first question is the easier one to answer. The Orioles went for seven weeks without O’Day when he suffered a strained right hamstring and went 26-18. 

“It’s going to tough. We did it before. We just kind of have to get back to that mindset we had of kind of carrying the load a little bit more with some other guys. It’s just an opportunity for another young guy to step up and do a good job,” Zach Britton said. 

Brad Brach, who didn’t retire either of the two batters he faced in Friday’s game, will have a more prominent role. So might Mychal Givens and Vance Worley. 

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“Myself and Brad just kind of continue doing what we’ve been doing, I think. It’s just…It’s going to be a group effort down there. It’s not one individual guy. We have a lot of guys throwing well, and they’re going to need to continue doing that, and some other guys that are going to maybe need to be in situations where they’re not as comfortable yet. They’re going to have to get the job done. That’s just kind of how it’s going to work.” 

Left-hander Donnie Hart, Ubaldo Jimenez and the newly recalled Tyler Wilson comprise the rest of the bullpen. 

Britton spoke with O’Day, and he knows how his colleague feels.

“I think he’s really frustrated. He prides himself being a guy who’s very consistent, durable and it’s pretty unfortunate for him right now. But I know he’s going to do everything he can to get back to us. Hopefully, within that 15 day period. Hopefully, when that time’s up he’ll be ready to go,” Britton said. 

“I can’t control who’s hurt or who’s not. Same thing with Brad. The one thing that me and him talked about the first time that Darren was injured was, “Hey, you know what? It’s not like we’re going to throw three or four innings.’ Our job is our job. Yeah, we’ve got to be a little bit sharper.”

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

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Wade Miley roughed up again, Orioles shut out in St. Pete

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Evan Longoria and Logan Morrison homered Friday night and the Tampa Bay Rays clinched third place in the AL East with a 7-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Longoria led off the fifth with his 20th homer off Baltimore starter Wade Miley, marking Longoria's fifth straight 20-homer season and the ninth of his 10-year career.

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Morrison hit his 38th homer off reliever Chris Tillman in the seventh.

Rays starter Jake Odorizzi left his final start of the season after four innings with a sore right knee.

Brad Boxberger (4-4) got the win as the first of four Tampa Bay relievers.

Miley (8-15) lost his fifth straight start, giving up four runs and five hits in four innings. He walked five, raising his major league-leading total to 93. The Baltimore bullpen gave up five more walks.

Trey Mancini had one of Baltimore's four hits. It was Mancini's 158th hit, tying Cal Ripken (1982) for second-place all-time among Oriole rookies.

The Orioles, shut out for the 11th time, lost for the 17th time in 21 games and dropped three games behind Tampa Bay with two games left in the season.

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

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MLB Wild Card Standings: Projecting the standings with three days left

With the MLB postseason only five days away and three more days in the regular season the playoff field is almost set.

After Thursday night’s action, the St. Louis Cardinals were eliminated from the second Wild Card spot in the National League. Their 2-1 loss to the Cubs put them too far out of reach of the Rockies.

In the American League the AL East race is all but done after the Yankees lost on Thursday.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE

Not too many changes in the American League race after yesterday.

The New York Yankees (89-70) lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6 at home after entering the day only three games back in the division. While the Boston Red Sox (92-67) lost too, three games to surpass is too much for even the Bronx Bombers to overcome.

It will be interesting though to watch both teams sweat. Boston hosts the Houston Astros who are trying to overtake the Indians for the top seed in the AL. New York hosts division rivals Toronto.

The Minnesota Twins (83-76) lost to the Indians after allowing 10 hits in the contest. Win or lose it does not matter how they end the season because they will be the No. 5 seed and the visitors in the American League Wild Card Game. Presumably it will be against the Yankees.

AL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

New York Yankees:     +6.0 
Minnesota Twins:           ---
 

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Colorado was off on Thursday night in preparation for their final series of the year against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Milwaukee Brewers (84-75) did manage to gain a half game with their nail biting 4-3 win over the Reds. Brett Phillips hit a go-ahead double in the sixth inning and the final three frames remained scoreless for both squads.

They now move to two games back of the Colorado Rockies (86-73) with three games to go.

Colorado will host their final series against the Dodgers. Milwaukee is traveling to the St. Louis Cardinals (82-77) for their final three games. St. Louis is now out of contention, four games out of the final Wild Card spot.

FanGraphs.com now has Colorado at a 93.3 percent chance of taking the final postseason spot.  Milwaukee moved up slightly to 6.7 percent.

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NL WILD CARD RACE (AS OF SEPT 29):

#4 Arizona Diamondbacks:  +6.0
Colorado Rockies:                   ---
Milwaukee Brewers:              -2.0