This time around, the Red Sox can return the favor and spoil the Orioles' postseason aspirations as the two clubs open up a three-game series in Baltimore on Friday night.
The Orioles, who posted a lopsided 12-2 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday, maintained their lead for the first Wild Card spot, and if the Sox are going to have a chance to play spoiler, starter Aaron Cook will likely need to turn in a better performance than his last outing.
Though he ended up not factoring into the decision against Baltimore on Saturday, Cook allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks with a strikeout over 5 1/3 innings.
Even with all the pressures of making the postseason growing, Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones said his team hasn't felt any of it yet.
"There's no stress in here, there's no pressure on us," Jones said Wednesday. "We're not supposed to be here according to everybody in the media. We're just playing. We know what's at stake."
Chris Tillman gets the ball for Baltimore on Friday night, riding a little bit of a hot streak. In Tillman's last six starts, he's 3-0 and has allowed 10 runs over 31 1/3 innings.
On Sunday, he didn't pick up a decision against Boston, even though he gave up just one run on six hits and a walk with four strikeouts over six innings of work.
Red Sox: Ortiz wants to return in 2013
Though he's eligible for free agency this offseason, slugger David Ortiz said he wants to remain with Boston despite its troublesome 2012 campaign.
Ortiz said his right Achilles strain that has kept him out since July 20 is keeping him hungry to return to the Red Sox next season and not leave the team on a bad note.
"I'm planning on finishing my career here and trust me, when I stop playing here, I would like to not be packing to go home at this time [of year]," Ortiz said. "Right now, I'm feeling pretty good about my injury finally feeling better and moving forward with that. Once I see that, I definitely feel like there's something that I still have to prove."
Ortiz, who hit .318 with 23 homers in 90 games this season, said he hasn't spoken with management about a possible extension but believes that both sides have interest in a new deal.
Orioles: Wolf likely to have Tommy John surgery
With a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, Randy Wolf was placed on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday and will likely need the second Tommy John surgery of his career.
Dr. Lewis Yocum, who performed the first surgery in 2005, and team orthopedist Dr. John Wilckens consulted with Wolf on the best way to move forward.
The 36-year-old lefty played most of the season in Milwaukee before being acquired by Baltimore. He went 2-0 with a 5.38 ERA for the Orioles.
Triple-A Pawtucket manager Arnie Beyeler and pitching coach Rich Sauveur joined the Red Sox on Tuesday to assist the coaching staff for the remainder of the season.
Orioles starter Jason Hammel, who is dealing with right knee discomfort, threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, but the team is unsure if he'll make another start this season.