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Orioles on deck: What to watch Thursday vs. Red Sox

Josh Land
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
What to watch during tonight's Orioles-Red Sox game.

Orioles (82-70) vs. Red Sox (88-64)

Where: Camden Yards

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (16-6, 3.72 ERA) vs. Red Sox LHP David Price (16-8, 3.91 ERA)

What to watch

1. On the brink: It might be fair to say the Orioles' hopes of winning the American League East are dead. They're six games behind the Red Sox and one behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the division with 10 games to go. But a win over the Red Sox tonight might preserve a faint glimmer. The Orioles' true focus from here should be catching the Blue Jays in the wild-card race and holding off the Detroit Tigers (half-game back), Houston Astros (1 GB), Seattle Mariners (2 GB) and New York Yankees (2 1/2 GB).

2. Stopper time: Chris Tillman has earned the right to be called a stopper this year with eight of his 16 wins coming after an Orioles loss this season. The Orioles would be thrilled to see him do it again after starting this pivotal series with three straight losses. Tillman has been solid in two starts since returning from the disabled list, allowing four runs in 11 2/3 innings (3.09 ERA).

3. Seeking O: The Orioles offense continued its ill-timed disappearance by scoring one run on four hits Wednesday. The Orioles have scored just nine runs over their past five games. Might not be the best time to be running into ace David Price, who had a 2.16 ERA in seven starts before allowing five runs in six innings against the Yankees his last time out. Price is 2-1 with a 3.67 ERA in four starts against the Orioles this season.

Orioles lineup

CF Adam Jones
1B Chris Davis
3B Manny Machado
RF Mark Trumbo
DH Trey Mancini
2B Jonathan Schoop
SS J.J. Hardy
LF Drew Stubbs
C Caleb Joseph

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