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Orioles on deck: What to watch Thursday vs. Blue Jays

Orioles (9-4) vs. Blue Jays (8-8)

Where: Camden Yards

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First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

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Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (1-1, 5.11 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada (1-1, 2.77 ERA)

What to watch

1. Three for three? After splitting the first two games againet the Blue Jays, the Orioles go for their third series win in as many sets against American League East opponents. The Orioles already won series against the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox this season. Their only series loss came against the Texas Rangers. Can the Birds make it 10 wins in 14 games this season?

2. Test for Tillman. Chris Tillman saw one bad inning ruin his last start in Texas, and he'll be looking to rebound against a Blue Jays team that has had his number. Tillman went 0-4 with an 11.72 ERA in six starts against Toronto last season. Can Tillman beat the Blue Jays for the first time since 2014?

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3. Offensive awakening. The Orioles have just two innings where they've scored more than two runs since April 12. After a lull that contributed to four losses in five games before Tuesday's walk-off win, will the Birds bats awaken before they head to Kansas City?

Orioles lineup

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

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