1. Yo, Gallardo. Yovani Gallardo was the Orioles' top pitching acquisition this past winter and returns from the disabled list today to make his fifth start of the season and first since April 22. With the majority of the rotation struggling, will Gallardo come through and show himself to be the stabilizing force the club hoped for when signing him?
2. Hardy times. Gallardo isn't the only one returning to action today. J.J. Hardy is in the lineup for the first time since May 1, giving the club its most complete batting order after he missed nearly seven weeks with a broken bone in his left foot. T.J. McFarland joined Mike Wright in being sent down to make room. Hardy said he felt good at the plate and in the field, but didn't feel comfortable running on it until Friday. Will Hardy be able to contribute immediately, especially with Manny Machado's suspension only days away?
3. Knuckling under, Part 2. For the second time in four games, the Orioles face a knuckleballing starting pitcher. Boston Red Sox right-hander Steven Wright beat them Wednesday with three earned runs in 7 1/3 innings. Maybe the Orioles will be more in practice against R.A. Dickey this afternoon. Luckily for the Orioles, Dickey isn't having close to the kind of season Wright has put together. But Dickey does have a 2.97 ERA over his past nine starts. Will the Orioles be able to get a hold off his power knuckleball to even the series with the Blue Jays?