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Orioles on deck: What to watch Thursday at Red Sox

Orioles (37-27) vs. Boston Red Sox (37-27)

Where: Fenway Park

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First pitch: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

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Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Tyler Wilson (2-5, 4.73 ERA) vs. Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-1, 6.06 ERA)

What to watch

1. Lefty ready. With left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez on the mound for the Red Sox tonight, the Orioles are fielding a lineup with seven right-handers, one lefty and a switch-hitter. Through three starts this season, Rodriguez has allowed a .954 OPS to righties and a .473 OPS to lefties en route to a 6.06 ERA. Will the Orioles keep their former farmhand struggling?

2. Red or orange throne. The last series between these teams until August comes down to a rubber match, meaning tonight's winner departs atop the American League East. Can the Orioles claim the series victory and reclaim sole possession of the top spot?

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3. Wil-son, Wil-son. Facing one of the majors' best offenses probably isn't the most ideal setup for breaking out of a slump, but that's what Tyler Wilson has in front of him tonight. Wilson has allowed five runs in each of his past two starts to inflate his ERA by nearly a run. Will he reverse that trend at Fenway Park?

Orioles lineup

CF Adam Jones
RF Joey Rickard
SS Manny Machado
DH Mark Trumbo
1B Chris Davis
C  Matt Wieters
2B Jonathan Schoop
LF Nolan Reimold
3B Paul Janish

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