At this point in the season, every win for the Orioles is huge. With just 15 games left, the team sits 2 1/2 games back of the Rays for the second American League Wild Card spot.
It's a good thing then that they'll have Chris Tillman on the mound in Saturday's contest against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
Tillman, the ace of Baltimore's staff, picked up his 16th win of the season on Monday night, holding the Yankees to just two runs on four hits in seven innings.
Exhibiting pinpoint control, the right-hander didn't issue a walk and struck out a career-high nine. He even retired 14 consecutive batters at one point.
"[Tillman's] changeup was outstanding," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after the game. "He also has a good curveball, but I thought his changeup was the equalizer tonight, and moving his fastball up and down as much as in and out."
He'll look to become the first Oriole to reach 17 wins since Mike Mussina won 18 in 1999.
Meanwhile, Esmil Rogers will be on the hill for the Blue Jays. The right-hander has been close to unhittable in his last two starts, combining to allow just four hits in 14 innings.
Against the Twins on Sunday, Rogers lasted a career-high 7 2/3 innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four.
After being moved to the bullpen in August, Rogers is starting to regain the trust of manager John Gibbons.
"He was mostly fastballs, but he was in the zone, and he has life when he's in the zone," Gibbons said of Rogers after the start. "That has been a key for him all year. Early on when he had a good stretch, it was pretty simple how it works and he has gained confidence."
Orioles: O'Day gets cortisone shots
Reliever Darren O'Day received a pair of cortisone injections in his right wrist and fingers on Friday morning and could possibly rejoin the Orioles against Tampa Bay next weekend.
"I don't think we're completely out of the woods, but the doctor thinks it should calm down, some of the things that are causing the inflammation," manager Buck Showalter said of O'Day, who saw hand specialist Dr. Brian Schofield in Sarasota, Fla., after running a gamut of tests in Baltimore the past few days. "There's no structural damage, the way I'm told.
"They had an idea from the tests yesterday and they just wanted it verified. So he went down there and agreed and had it injected in two spots. Hopefully, it will manage itself in a day or two. I think in the next 48 hours we'll know if it solves itself."
O'Day has been dealing with numbness and tingling in his right index and middle fingers for the past few weeks. The condition has worsened as of late, resulting in just two outings for him this month.
Blue Jays: Rasmus, Encarnacion return
Colby Rasmus and Edwin Encarnacion returned to the Blue Jays' lineup on Friday, giving it some added pop.
Rasmus, who homered in the fifth inning against the Orioles, had been out since Aug. 11 with a strained oblique muscle, while Encarnacion missed four games with a sprained left wrist.
"I feel good, I feel ready to go and I'm going to see how it's going to be in the game," Encarnacion said. "I just want to finish the season playing, finish the season with the team and finish strong."
Rasmus is hoping to finish the year on a positive note.
"I feel good, my swing feels good and that's all I'm worried about right now," Rasmus said. "The timing will come, but I'm just going to go out there and pretend like I haven't even missed any games."
• The Blue Jays have dropped three of their last four games decided by a run.
• Chris Davis (16) and Adam Jones (14) have the most home runs against the Blue Jays since the start of the 2012 season.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.