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

Orioles on deck: What to watch Tuesday vs. Blue Jays
Orioles pitching coach Dave Wallace comes to the mound to talk to Mike Wright after he hit two batters back-to-back in the fourth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 12, 2016 in Boston. (Adam Glanzman / Getty Images)

Orioles (8-3) vs. Blue Jays (7-7)

Where: Camden Yards

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First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Mike Wright (1-0, 7.20 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman (2-0, 4.22 ERA)

What to watch

1. Rusty or rested. The Orioles haven't played since Saturday because rain washed out their series finale at the Texas Rangers. The argument could be made that the club's bullpen needed the break after being forced into excessive work by the rotation's short starts. Will the Orioles (especially their relievers) be rusty or rested after two days off in a row?

2. Wright for the job. Kevin Gausman is nearing a return from the disabled list, and starter Vance Worley (who is out of minor-league options) was solid Friday. That could put Tuesday starter Mike Wright's rotation spot in jeopardy. Wright showed some positives, but allowed four runs in five innings in his first start. Can he pitch better to make a case to stay in the rotation?

3. Swing for the fences. The Orioles hit three more homers Saturday to (at the time) take sole possession of the major league lead with 23 long balls through 11 games. They still lead the American League by four despite playing two fewer games than No. 2 on the list, the Houston Astros. With temperaturs increasing, will the exciting Birds lineup continue to deposit baseballs into the seats?

Orioles lineup

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

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