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You might want to TiVo this one

The Orioles are 2-13 to start the season. They have played an exhausting 15 straight.

They have scored three runs or fewer in nine of their last 11 games.

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They are without Brian Roberts and Felix Pie, and Miguel Tejada has been banged up.

And, with apologies to the Jason Vargas and Dana Eveland fan clubs, the Orioes haven't exactly gone against a Cy Young candidate every night.

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That changes Wednesday when they face Felix Hernandez in the series finale against the Seattle Mariners.

Hernandez, who just turned 24, was second in AL Cy Young voting last year. He is 1-0 with a 3.10 ERA in three starts this year. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of those starts, but he hasn't been thoroughly dominating yet in 2010.

Wouldn't be a stretch to say it happens tonight.

The silver lining is that Hernandez has had some trouble with the Orioles in the past. He is 4-3 with a 3.90 ERA in 10 career starts versus the Orioles. So I guess a reverse lock is possible here.

I envision two possible scenarios: Because baseball is so hard to figure out, maybe the Orioles' slumbering bats wake and rock the guy I think is arguably the best pitcher in the AL.

Or Hernandez dominates in a gem worthy of leading off Thursday morning's Sports Center. Maybe he flirts with history.

I'm just saying you might want to pay some attention to the game tonight.


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