Orioles on deck: What to watch Friday vs. Rays

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

Orioles (41-30) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (31-39)

Where: Camden Yards

First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Yovani Gallardo (2-1, 6.26 ERA) vs. Rays LHP Matt Moore (3-4, 4.90 ERA)

What to watch

1. Manny's back. Third baseman Manny Machado returns from his four-game suspension, during which the Orioles went 2-2 to maintain their hold of the top spot in the American League East. With Machado and J.J. Hardy in the same lineup, the Orioles can now see what their offense looks like at full strength for more than one game. Can it surpass its already high level of production?

2. Yo, Gallardo. Yovani Gallardo's return from the disabled list on Saturday wasn't terribly flashy and his line won't open many eyes -- two runs on five hits and four walks in five innings against the Toronto Blue Jays. What made it impressive was that Gallardo was simply solid. He got himself in trouble, but made big pitches when he needed to -- something that perhaps set him apart from other Orioles starters who have struggled. Will Gallardo do it again tonight against a far less dangerous Rays lineup?

3. Trumbombs away. Mark Trumbo ended a 13-game home run drought with his major league-leading 21st of the season Wednesday. He also went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored after batting .182 during his power drought. Could that be the start of a hot streak for the Orioles slugger?

Orioles lineup

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

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