Orioles on deck: Opening Day starting lineup vs. Blue Jays

Josh Land
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun

Orioles (0-0) vs. Blue Jays (0-0)

Where: Camden Yards

First pitch: 3:05 p.m. (Pregame ceremony starts at 2:30 p.m.)

TV/Radio: MASN2, WJZ/105.7 FM

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (2016: 9-12, 3.61 ERA) vs. RHP Marco Estrada (2016: 9-9, 3.48 ERA)

What to watch

1. New Birds. It's Opening Day, so it's your first chance to get a good look at outfielder Seth Smith and catcher Welington Castillo. And to welcome Mark Trumbo back to the flock.

2. First Opening Day start. How will Kevin Gausman respond to getting his first Opening Day start? He wouldn't be taking the ball Monday if Chris Tillman was healthy, but you can make a strong case that Gausman was the Orioles' best pitcher when last season ended. After opening 2016 with a 2-8 record with a 4.18 ERA through 18 starts, he went 7-4 with a 2.83 ERA the final two months.

3. Tough matchup. Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada has had the Orioles' number over the past two years, going 4-1 with a 3.22 ERA in 10 career appearances (eight starts) against them. The Orioles have managed to hit just .182/.275/.331 against him.

Orioles lineup

RF Seth Smith
CF Adam Jones
3B Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
DH Mark Trumbo
C Welington Castillo
LF Hyun Soo Kim
2B Jonathan Schoop
SS J.J. Hardy

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