LEADING OFF: Orioles, Tigers try to move up in playoff race

A look at what's happening all around the majors today:



The Orioles can move up in the wild-card race when they take on AL East-leading Boston at Camden Yards. It's a matchup of 16-game winners - Red Sox lefty David Price vs. Chris Tillman. Baltimore trails idle Toronto by one game for the top AL wild-card spot.


Swept by last-place Atlanta this week, the Mets aim to end a three-game losing streak and keep pace in the NL wild-card chase. Rookie Seth Lugo (4-2) starts for New York vs. Phillies lefty Adam Morgan (2-10) at Citi Field.


Justin Verlander is set to pitch as the playoff-contending Tigers play a day-night doubleheader at Minnesota. A rainout in the third inning at Target Field on Wednesday forced the twinbill. Detroit is one game behind Baltimore for the second AL wild-card slot.


The Giants will continue to monitor pitcher Johnny Cueto, who strained his groin in a start Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. Manager Bruce Bochy says Cueto (17-5) could be out up to a week for playoff-hopeful San Francisco.

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