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Orioles on deck: What to watch Sunday vs. Rays

Orioles (44-30) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (31-42)

Where: Camden Yards

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First pitch: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

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Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Tyler Wilson (3-5, 4.19 ERA) vs. Rays LHP Drew Smyly (2-7, 4.78 ERA)

What to watch

1. Desperation. The Rays have lost 10 games in a row and slipped to 12 1/2 games out of first place after Saturday's doubleheader sweep. With Smyly on the hill, can Tampa Bay keep its freefall from continuing another day?

2. Four score. The Orioles went into a Sunday earlier this season with a chance to finish a four-game sweep against the Detroit Tigers ... and failed. Can the Orioles extend their lead on the AL East cellar-dwellers with their first four-game sweep since Aug. 14-17, 2015?

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3. Tyler two-step. Since allowing five runs in consecutive starts, Tyler Wilson has permitted just three runs in 14 innings over his past two games for a 1.93 ERA. Can Wilson make it three straight quality starts this afternoon?

Orioles lineup

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

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