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Orioles hope return home can change their luck

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Orioles hope return home can change their luck

Tonight's Game:

Tampa Bay Rays (64-66) vs. Baltimore Orioles (63-67), Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, 7:05 p.m.

Starting pitchers:

Chris Archer (11-10, 2.88) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (8-6, 3.17)

Keys to the Game:

Will the Orioles wake up? They've lost 10 of 11 and trail four teams, including Tampa Bay for the final wild card spot.

Can the Orioles stop striking out? They've struck out 54 times in their last five games.

News and Notes:

Chen is the hottest Orioles starter. He's won his last four decisions and hasn't lost in seven straight starts.

Chen is 4-5 with a 3.42 ERA in 17 starts against the Rays.

Current Rays hitters are batting .305 against Chen.

Archer is 1-4 with a 5.06 ERA in eight appearances against the Orioles.

Adam Jones is just 2-for-20 (.100) against Archer.

The Orioles are 37-25 at home and 26-42 on the road.

MORE ORIOLES: Jones angry at effort questions after another loss

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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