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Orioles on deck: What to watch Friday vs. Red Sox, plus series matchups

Orioles (10-4) vs. Red Sox (10-6)

Where: Camden Yards

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First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 FM

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Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (2-1, 1.86 ERA) vs. Red Sox LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 5.23 ERA)

Series matchup

Offense (MLB rank)

Runs per game: Orioles (4.29, 16th); Red Sox (4.31, 14th)

Average: Orioles (.242, 14th); Red Sox (.282, second)

Home runs: Orioles (20, t-fifth); Red Sox (7, 30th)

OPS: Orioles (.715, 16th); Red Sox (.734, eighth)

Pitching (MLB rank)

Team ERA: Orioles (3.71, 14th); Red Sox (3.69, 12th)

Starters' ERA: Orioles (3.84, 14th); Red Sox (4.45, 24th)

Bullpen ERA: Orioles (3.50, 12th); Red Sox (2.29, fourth)

Fielding (MLB rank)

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Fielding percentage: Orioles (.985, 17th); Red Sox (.983, 14th)

Errors: Orioles (8, t-10th fewest); Red Sox (10, t-16th fewest)

UZR/150: Orioles (-3.2, 21st); Red Sox (4.3, sixth)

Defensive runs saved: Orioles (-25, t-24th); Red Sox (48, fourth)

What to watch

1. Appointment TV. Three quality starts in as many outings this season and the best ERA in the Orioles rotation have made Dylan Bundy the starter to watch in the early going. Bundy pitched six scoreless innings in a win over the Toronto Blue Jays his last time out. He faces the Red Sox for the second time this season after they were the only team to beat him so far.

2. Manny, manny struggles. Manny Machado's slump has reached 10 games, with him hitting .176/.271/.333 with two homers and eight RBIs through 14 games this season. Machado is batting .135 in 10 games since his average was .286 during the Orioles' 4-0 start. However, he is showing signs of coming out of it with hits in four of the past five games.

3. Take charge. The Orioles have an opportunity to assert themselves atop the American League East as they get back to division play. The Orioles open their season with 24 of their first 27 games against AL East opponents, and play each of their next four series (13 games) in the division. The Orioles hold a half-game lead over the New York Yankees and a one-game lead over the Red Sox entering tonight. They don't play another game outside the AL East until May 5.

Orioles lineup

LF Craig Gentry
CF Adam Jones
3B Manny Machado
RF Mark Trumbo
1B Chris Davis
C Welington Castillo
DH Trey Mancini
2B Jonathan Schoop
SS J.J. Hardy

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