Checking in on the wild, wild card race

Checking in on the wild, wild card race
September 16, 2013, 8:45 am
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Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Chris Davis (19), center fielder Adam Jones (10) , third baseman Manny Machado (13), and right fielder Nick Markakis (21) line up on the third base line during the national anthem during opening day against the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field.

(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

The Orioles can do nothing but watch today.

This is their final off day of the season before they play three games in Boston. With their win on Sunday in Toronto, the Orioles are 2 ½ games behind the two wild-card teams, Texas and Tampa Bay.

The Rangers have lost six straight, and the Rays, who are 7-14 since Aug. 24, are a half-game ahead of Cleveland, which swept Chicago in a four-game series.

Then come the Orioles, who are a half-game ahead of New York and Kansas City.

With 13 games left, six against Boston, four with Tampa Bay and three more with Toronto, the Orioles will have to win the majority.

Tonight, the Rays and Rangers open a four-game series and the Indians and Royals begin a three-game series.

NOTES: Miguel Gonzalez told reporters in Toronto that he hoped not to miss a start with the strained groin that forced him out of Sunday’s game. Nate McLouth says his left knee is fine. He left the game in the ninth inning on Sunday.