Orioles on deck: What to watch Sunday vs. Angels

Orioles (50-36) vs. Los Angeles Angels (37-51)

Where: Camden Yards


First pitch: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2, WJZ/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (11-2, 3.55 ERA) vs. Angels RHP Tim Lincecum (1-2, 7.50 ERA)

What to watch

1. Series swagger. A win today would send the Orioles into the All-Star break with remarkably only one home series loss this season. The Orioles have already won 11 home series and split two. The loss came May 17-19, when the Seattle Mariners took two of three at Camden Yards. Can the major leagues' best home club add one more victory at Camden Yards before the midseason break?

2. Tillman on top. A poor three-start stretch from June 19-30 might be the only thing that kept Chris Tillman from joining five teammates in San Diego for the All-Star Game. But after struggling to an 8.59 ERA during that time, the Orioles ace responded with seven innings of one-run ball Tuesday. Can he add one more gem before getting a few days off?

3. Bombs away. The Orioles set a club record Saturday with their 135th home run of the season, the most they've ever hit before the All-Star break. They have hit 22 of them in the past 13 games (1.7 per game). Can the Birds put together one more prolific power performance before wrapping the first half?

Orioles lineup

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