Besides continuing their quest for respectability, the Orioles have another task on their hands this weekend -- helping to maintain order in the AL East race.
The Toronto Blue Jays, who will be at Memorial Stadium for four games, are in a stretch that affords them a chance to build a comfortable lead. Currently leading the division by 1 1/2 games, the Blue Jays are in the midst of 10 straight games against the bottom three teams in the division while the second-place Boston Red Sox are on a difficult West Coast trip.
The Blue Jays, who had lost six of eight previously, moved into first place by winning two of three games in New York. After playing four games against the Orioles they move to Cleveland for three -- and then return home to play 17 of 23 at the SkyDome leading up to the All-Star break.