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Can the Orioles stay hot against Oakland?

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Can the Orioles stay hot against Oakland?

Tonight's Game:

Oakland Athletics (51-68) vs. Baltimore Orioles (60-56), Oriole Park at Camden Yards,
Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Starting pitchers:

Sonny Gray (12-4, 2.06) vs. Chris Tillman (8-7, 4.66)

Keys to the Game:

Can the Orioles pull off their first four-game sweep of the season? Their last was June 30-
July 3, 2014.

Can the bats stay hot? The Orioles scored at least 18 runs for the third time this season.

News and Notes:

Tillman will try to rebound from allowing five runs in 2 1/3 innings against Seattle six days
ago.

Current Oakland hitters are batting .195 against Tillman.

The Orioles are a half-game ahead of Los Angeles for the second wild card spot.

Gray hasn't pitched in 10 days because of back spasms.

In his last three starts, Gray has limited opponents to two runs on 12 hits in 25 innings.

The Orioles haven't been four games over .500 since July 5. 

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

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The most unbelievable catch of the Orioles' dismal season came in the team's final game

It's not how you start, it's how you finish, and boy did Orioles right fielder Steve Wilkerson make sure the team went out with a bang against the Boston Red Sox.

Bottom of the eighth, game knotted at four, Jackie Bradley Jr. sent what seemed to be a moonshot to right field...

But what happens next is arguably the best catch of the entire MLB season. 

This catch by Wilkerson is nothing less than spectacular. Not only did he possess the focus to track the ball beyond the wall, but the athleticism to make the catch while almost tumbling over backwards into the crowd. 

This year may have been a huge let down for Baltimore, but here's to a bright spot heading into the offseason. 

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore topples Blue Jays, 11-4

The Orioles are now five games better than last season's woeful 47-115 record. While they continue to win meaningless games late in the season, their poor season won't go away. 

Player Notes:

Dylan Bundy gave up only two runs in seven innings pitched against the Blue Jays, bringing his season's ERA down to 4.79. 

Also, Trey Mancini went a perfect 5-5 in the Orioles win Tuesday night. He's now batting .373 against Toronto, hitting 25 of his 94 RBI this season against Toronto. Dwight Smith Jr. also impressed with a 3-4 showing, hitting a homer and three RBI of his own. 

Injuries: 

OF Mason Williams, knee, out indefinitely

RP Hunter Harvey, biceps, sidelined, day-to-day

RP Josh Rogers, elbow, 60-Day IL, out indefinitely 

SP Alex Cobb, back, 60-Day IL, 2020

Coming Up: 

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Orioles at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. at Rogers Centre

Thursday, Sept. 26: Orioles at Boston, 7:10 p.m. at Fenway Park

Friday, Sept. 27: Orioles at Boston, 1:05 p.m. at Fenway Park