The American League East has been just as competitive as predicted, but unexpectedly, the Blue Jays have not been in the thick of things.
The Blue Jays, however, are the only team in their division not fighting for a playoff spot, so when the Orioles come to town for a weekend series, there will be plenty on the line.
Baltimore is in the midst of the Wild Card race, but Bud Norris, who was scheduled to start Friday's game, is experiencing elbow discomfort.
"A fatigue and tightness kind of thing," Norris said. "There was no specific day. Obviously getting to this point in the season, we're adding up and so forth. I definitely felt it in my last couple [games], but I wanted to go out there and compete."
Instead of Norris, the Orioles will give the ball to Jason Hammel.
The right-hander is 7-8 with a 5.11 ERA and will make his first start since July 28.
Opposing Hammel and hoping to spoil Baltimore's postseason chances will be Todd Redmond.
Aside from two home runs, Redmond was effective in his last start.
"Those were bad pitches," Redmond said. "And that's what they're going to do with those pitches. Besides that, though, I was able to keep the ball down and work both sides of the plate."
The right-hander allowed three runs in five innings and has allowed three runs or fewer in all but one of his starts.
Friday, he is hoping for more of the same.
Orioles: O'Day won't travel to Toronto
When the Orioles travel to Toronto for the weekend set against the Blue Jays, they will be without veteran reliever Darren O'Day.
The right-hander has experienced numbness and tingling in his right hand over the past week or two.
"We're just trying to get a grip, or our hands around, what's causing it," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Because they've done a lot of structural tests. They've done blood, nerve, trying to an an idea exactly of what's causing it.
"It's sore. Fingers are sore at certain times. And [it's] just kind of going back and forth. He had a couple days where it didn't bother him at all. And it came back again."
O'Day is 5-3 with a 2.28 ERA in 63 appearances this season.
Blue Jays: Gose working on swing
Anthony Gose has struggled to hit in the Major Leagues and as a result has decided to tweak his approach at the plate.
"I know what it's like to not have success here, and I don't want that feeling again," said Gose, who is working on eliminating his leg kick. "[The leg kick] works at other levels, but they change speeds so good here that it's not real consistent."
The outfielder has not yet been totally able to rid himself of the kick, as it is something he has been doing for several years. However, he is making progress.
"Looks good in the cage without it, but still in the game, on video and everything, there's still a little kick there," Gose said. "Just trying to slowly try and eliminate it."
• The Blue Jays have won seven of 13 games against the Orioles this season.
William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.