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Orioles on deck: What to watch Sunday vs. Rays with J.J. Hardy back, Adam Jones still out

Orioles on deck: What to watch Sunday vs. Rays with J.J. Hardy back, Adam Jones still out
Orioles pitcher Vance Worley works against the Boston Red Sox during a spring training game, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in Fort Myers, Fla. (Tony Gutierrez / AP)

Orioles (4-0) vs. Rays (2-3)

Where: Camden Yards

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First pitch: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Vance Worley (NR) vs. Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (0-0, 1.59 ERA)

Hardy back, Jones out

Shortstop J.J. Hardy is back in the Orioles lineup after missing one game with calf tightness. Adam Jones is not starting for a third consecutive game with sore ribs. Neither was in the lineup Saturday before the game was postponed, giving them each an extra day of rest. Joey Rickard remains in center field while Manny Machado moves back to third base.

What to watch

1. 5-0. Let's try this one again. The Orioles can match the best start in franchise history today with a win over the Rays. The only other time the Orioles began 5-0 was in 1970, when they went on to win the World Series. Can these Orioles put together a perfect opening homestand before heading on the road?

2. Hyun Soo Kim. The South Korean outfielder makes his Orioles debut this afternoon. After opting not to get more seasoning in the minors, how will the former KBO star fare against major league pitching?

3. The Vanimal. Vance Worley gets his first shot at winning a rotation spot, but today might be an unfair test. He hasn't pitched in a game since April 1, and his pitch count could be limited. Can Worley do enough to warrant another look as a starter?

Orioles lineup

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

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