The Orioles inadvertently helped out the Angels by losing to the Blue Jays on Friday night. The loss, with two games left, means the Angels — currently 98-61 — will finish the season with the best record in the American League, which gives them home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Orioles are now 95-65.
Had the Orioles won, the Angels could have done the dirty work themselves by beating the Mariners, but the late game is meaningless for them now. The game is not meaningless for the Mariners, however, as they must win to stave off the Athletics clinching a ticket into the post-season. The 86-73 Athletics entered Friday night’s action two games ahead of the 84-75 Mariners.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers will retire the No. 34 jersey of pitcher Fernando Valenzuela during a three-day celebration this summer.
Valenzuela was part of two World Series champion teams, winning the 1981 Rookie of the Year and Cy Young awards. He was a six-time All-Star during his 11 seasons in Los Angeles from 1980-90.
He will be honored from Aug. 11-13 when the Dodgers host Colorado.
Valenzuela will join Pee Wee Reese, Tommy Lasorda, Duke Snider, Gil Hodges, Jim Gilliam, Don Sutton, Walter Alston, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, Jackie Robinson and Don Drysdale with retired numbers.
“To be a part of the group that includes so many legends is a great honor,” Valenzuela said. “But also for the fans, the support they’ve given me as a player and working for the Dodgers, this is also for them.”