Orioles on deck: What to watch in Saturday's doubleheader vs. Athletics

Josh Land
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
What to watch during today's Orioles-Athletics doubleheader.

Orioles (16-11) vs. Oakland Athletics (13-16)

Where: Camden Yards

First pitch: 1:05 p.m. (Game 1), 7:05 p.m. (Game 2)

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Game 1 - Orioles RHP Mike Wright (1-2, 5.18 ERA) vs. Athletics LHP Rich Hill (3-3, 2.53 ERA); Game 2 - Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (1-3, 5.20 ERA) vs. Athletics RHP Jesse Hahn (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

What to watch

1. Still searching. Yes, the Orioles won an entertaining, well-played game Thursday night. But again, they scored only one run. The Orioles have been held to one or zero runs six times in their past 11 games, and three times in their past four games. Will they break out against the struggling A's?

2. On the Hill. Mike Wright is scheduled to face former Orioles left-hander Rich Hill in the series opener Friday night. Hill, 36, resuscitated his career with four strong starts down the stretch last season with the Boston Red Sox. He earned a one-year, $6 million contract from the A's off those four starts, his only ones in the majors in 2015, and has rewarded the organization for its faith in him. Hill is 3-3 with a 2.53 ERA in six starts and has a 1.42 ERA over his past three outings. Ubaldo Jimenez then faces Jesse Hahn in the nightcap. Hahn pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings in his season debut. Can the Orioles slow the success of the A's hurlers?

3. Trumbo seeks reversal. Mark Trumbo has seen a lot of the Athletics in a career that includes stops with the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners, but he has always had trouble with them. He has hit .198/.246/.348 with nine homers and 29 RBIs against the A's, the team he has faced the second-most times in his career (63 games, 227 at-bats). Can Trumbo and his hot bat buck that trend this weekend?

Orioles lineup

Game 1

RF Joey Rickard
3B Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
DH Mark Trumbo
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
LF Nolan Reimold
2B Jonathan Schoop
SS Paul Janish

Game 2

SS Manny Machado
LF Hyun Soo Kim
CF Adam Jones
1B Chris Davis
RF Mark Trumbo
DH Pedro Alvarez
2B Jonathan Schoop
3B Ryan Flaherty
C Caleb Joseph

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