After taking an interleague series from baseball's hottest team, the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox look like they could make a deep postseason run.
A playoff berth is less certain for the Baltimore Orioles, but the next week and a half could go a long way toward determining their postseason aspirations.
The Orioles open a difficult nine-game road trip Tuesday night against a Red Sox team brimming with confidence.
Boston (77-55) made a big statement over the weekend, taking two of three from the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chavez Ravine. Jake Peavy pitched a three-hitter and Mike Napoli drove in three runs as the Red Sox won 8-1 on Sunday, handing the Dodgers their first series loss since June 14-16.
"This shows the caliber of ballclub that we are,'' Peavy said. "We're on the same level with those guys. I knew the day I walked into this clubhouse what we had here. And every guy, man for man, knows that we're capable of playing with anybody on a given day. It's just up to us to be pre...