Pre-game notes: Orioles try to salvage series split in Minnesota

The Baltimore Sun

Just about 13 hours after completing a much-needed 2-1 win over the Twins on Wednesday night, the Orioles return for a short turnaround in this afternoon's series finale hoping to salvage a series split.

The mood in the Orioles clubhouse following Wednesday night's win was much different than the first two nights in Minnesota. It was a big victory for the Orioles, highlighted by right-hander Tommy Hunter holding the Twins to one run over 7 1/3 innings. It was a win that boosted a fragile team's psyche.

But as Orioles manager Buck Showalter said before today's game, there's no time to relish the win.

"Our guys understand that every day at gametime is another day," Showalter said. "What happened last night doesn’t really have a physical impact initially, but mentally and emotionally sometimes those things play. I think they all know you could have a different topic after the game today.

"It’s about starting pitching. We got a great start yesterday and we made a two-run homer stand up. We’ve won a lot of games like that when there was a lot of unknown about the way the game was going and we were able to make it stand up out of the bullpen like we were able to last night. ... That's the old thing your momentum is your next starting pitcher. We get starts like we did last night, we will play some meaningful games. It’s as simple at that."

Left-hander  Wei-Yin Chen, who has been up and down over the last month, will go to the mound today  for the Orioles. Over his past five starts, Chen is 0-3 with a 5.03 ERA, but has two quality starts in that span in which he allowed two or fewer runs.

Here are today's lineups:

Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Jim Thome DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Wilson Betemit 3B
Chris Davis LF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Wei-Yin Chen LHP

Denard Span CF
Ben Revere RF
Joe Mauer C
Josh Willingham DH
Justin Morneau 1B
Trevor Plouffe 3B
Ryan Doumit LF
Brian Dozier SS
Alexi Casilla 2B
Chris De Vries RHP

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