Orioles on deck: What to watch Sunday vs. Red Sox

Orioles (29-25) vs. Red Sox (30-25)

Where: Camden Yards


First pitch: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 FM

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (1-2, 5.87 ERA) vs. Red Sox LHP Chris Sale (6-2, 2.77 ERA)

What to watch

1. All-Chris finale. Just like Saturday night, today's finale has a pitching matchup worth watching. Chris Sale goes for the Red Sox and Chris Tillman goes for the Orioles. Tillman hasn't gotten it going so far this year and has a 10.57 ERA over his past two starts, but has been the club's ace since 2013. Sale has been one of the stories of baseball this season with a major league-leading 110 strikeouts in 78 innings. The left-hander, the third the Orioles face this series, will be looking to rebound from allowing five earned runs in five innings his last time out. 

2. Clutch as they come. Known for their power, the Orioles have been the American League's best team with runners in scoring position this year, batting .306 in such situations. Chances might be hard to come by against Sale, but the Orioles have been good at capitalizing.

3. String series together. The Orioles' winning streak ended at three with their loss Saturday night, but they still have a chance to win a second straight series with a victory today. They haven't won back-to-back series since winning six straight games in early May. A win will send the Red Sox out of town a half-game behind the Orioles for second place in the division.

Orioles lineup

RF Joey Rickard

CF Adam Jones

3B Manny Machado

DH Mark Trumbo

1B Chris Davis


LF Trey Mancini

2B Jonathan Schoop

C Francisco Pena

SS SS J.J. Hardy