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Orioles on deck: What to watch Tuesday at Red Sox

Orioles' Chris Davis, right, celebrates with Manny Machado after hitting a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez during fifth-inning in Toronto, Sunday, June 12, 2016.
Orioles' Chris Davis, right, celebrates with Manny Machado after hitting a two-run home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez during fifth-inning in Toronto, Sunday, June 12, 2016. (Chris Young / AP)

Orioles (36-26) vs. Boston Red Sox (36-26)

Where: Fenway Park

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First pitch: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan

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Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (8-1, 3.01 ERA) vs. Red Sox LHP David Price (7-3, 4.63 ERA)

What to watch

1. Early but goody. It might be a bit too early to be talking pennant races and the like, but this week's three-game series at Fenway Park is a big one. The Orioles and Red Sox go into it tied for first place in the American League East, and after their second series this month, they won't see each other again until Aug. 16-17 at Camden Yards. Much will change between now and then, but which team will take advantage of going head to head to get a leg up in the division race?

2. Tillman-Price. No puns or jokes needed. Tonight might bring as good of a pitching matchup as you'll find in the AL East right now. Chris Tillman is in the top 10 in the AL in wins, ERA and opponents' batting average, and 15th in WHIP (1.17). David Price has gotten his season in order since posting a 6.75 ERA through seven starts. The left-handed ace is 3-2 with a 2.55 ERA and seven straight quality starts since. Who will come out on top tonight?

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3. Power streak. Chris Davis has homered in five consecutive games for the second time in his career, and is batting .412/.455/1.353 with 10 RBIs during that streak. Can Davis keep it going and match his career-best streak from 2012 by launching a homer for a sixth straight game?

Orioles lineup

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

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