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Orioles on deck: What to watch Sunday at Giants

Orioles (65-51) vs. Giants (66-50)

Where: AT&T Park

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First pitch: 4:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles LHP Wade Miley (7-10, 4.98 ERA) vs. Giants RHP Johnny Cueto (13-3, 2.93 ERA)

What to watch

1. Miley's turn: The Orioles put together a streak of seven straight quality starts before Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman failed to reach the six-inning, three-earned-run threshold in each of the first two games of this series. Wade Miley had a solid second start with the Orioles. Can he get the rotation heading back in the right direction this afternoon?

2. Alvarez update: With Pedro Alvarez set to play today against right-hander Johnny Cueto, it's worth another peek at his excellent numbers since June 1: .302/.331/.644 with six doubles, 15 homers and 31 RBIs in 149 at-bats. That's a home run every 9.9 at-bats, which would be a 50-homer pace if stretched out to a typical full season (about 500 at-bats). Can Alvarez keep this up?

3. Road wrap: The Orioles head into their final West Coast game of the regular season looking to finish this 10-game, three-city trip with a 5-5 record. They also are back to second place, a half-game behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. Can they end the long trek on the right foot and come home back on top of the division?

Orioles lineup

CF Adam Jones
LF Hyun Soo Kim
3B Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
RF Mark Trumbo
2B Jonathan Schoop
C Matt Wieters
SS J.J. Hardy
LHP Wade Miley

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