Orioles on deck: What to watch Sunday at Rays

Orioles (36-38) vs. Rays (40-37)

Where: Tropicana Field


First pitch: 1:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 FM

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (1-5, 8.39 ERA) vs. Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (4-3, 3.78 ERA)

What to watch

1. Monkey off back. The Orioles held a team to fewer than five runs for the first time since June 2 on Saturday. The next question is whether things will start to even out after such an odd 20-game streak. Chris Tillman has to hope so, with his rotation spot beginning to come in to question now that his ERA is up to 8.39 after nine starts. He has a 16.03 ERA over his past three outings.

2. Something different. The Orioles relied on more than power in Saturday's 8-3 win, trying more small ball intermixed with their swings for the fences. Whether that was a one-game thing or an attempt to shake up their offensive philosophy will be hinted at today and going forward.

3. Trumbo jumbo. After going 2-for-16 in four games before this series, Mark Trumbo has multihit efforts in each of the past two games. He also drove in two runs Saturday for his first RBIs since June 18. This month hasn't been kind to Trumbo production-wise, as he has just nine RBIs in 23 games. Perhaps this series marks the start of a hot streak, however.

Orioles lineup

LF Joey Rickard
3B Manny Machado
2B Jonathan Schoop
CF Adam Jones
DH Mark Trumbo
1B Trey Mancini
C Caleb Joseph
RF Craig Gentry
SS Paul Janish