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Gonzalez looks to continue success against Oakland batters

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Gonzalez looks to continue success against Oakland batters

Tonight's Game:

Baltimore Orioles (54-51) vs. Oakland Athletics (47-60), O.Co. Coliseum, Oakland, Calif., 10:05 p.m.

Starting pitchers:

Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 4.28) vs. Chris Bassitt (0-4, 3.10)

Keys to the Game:

Can Gonzalez dliever a solid start? In his last one, he allowed five runs on 10 hits in 3 1/3 innings?

Can the Orioles continue to hit? They had nine runs on Monday night and would like to take the series in Oakland.

News and Notes:

Tyler Wilson, who allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings is expected to be optioned to Norfolk. T.J. McFarland would replace him on the roster.

Along with Toronto, the Orioles trail New York by 5 1/2 games in the AL East and the two teams are tied with Minnesota for the second wild card spot.

Gonzalez has started just once against Oakland, a loss on Apr. 28, 2013.

Bassit has not allowed more than three runs in any of his five starts, but doesn't have a win.

Current Athletics batters are hitting just .150 against Gonzalez.

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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