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

Orioles (42-30) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (31-40)

Where: Camden Yards

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First pitch: Game 1 - 1:05 p.m.; Game 2 - 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Game 1 - Orioles RHP Kevin Gausman (0-5, 4.37 ERA) vs. Rays RHP Matt Andriese (6-0, 2.88 ERA)

Game 2 - Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (10-1, 3.11 ERA) vs. Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 3.63 ERA)

What to watch

1. Pitching, pitching, pitching. Two good pitching matchups at Camden Yards with the Orioles sending Kevin Gausman and Chris Tillman to the mound against Matt Andriese and Jake Odorizzi, respectively. Andriese, who returns to the rotation after three relief appearances, would rank sixth in the American League in ERA with enough innings to qualify. He has allowed more than three runs once in 10 games this season. Odorizzi is having another solid year, and the Rays are 9-6 when he pitches. Tillman became the fastest Oriole to win 10 games since 1997, and is seeking his 11th victory today. Gausman, well, we'll get to that in a minute. Will the Orioles be able to outduel the Rays in today's twinbill?

2. What's up with Gausman. Through six starts this season, Gausman cruised to a 2.70 ERA and was on his way to the kind of season most were hoping for. In six starts since, he's 0-4 with a 6.32 ERA, allowing at least four runs four times. His past two outings have been especially rough, as he has surrendered 10 runs in eight innings. Can the young right-hander snap out of it against the Rays today?

3. Watch out. The Rays come into today's doubleheader having lost eight straight games to slip from within 5 1/2 games of first place to 10 1/2 out. Two losses today and they're officially in trouble. Their pitching is too talented to let this keep going for much longer, and they looked like they might bust out with a quick start Friday night. Will the Orioles be on the wrong end of the Rays starting to escape their recent slide?

Orioles lineup

(Game 1)

CF Adam Jones
LF Hyun Soo Kim
3B Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
RF Mark Trumbo
2B Jonathan Schoop
DH Pedro Alvarez
SS J.J. Hardy
C Francisco Pena

(Game 2)

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

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