Orioles (21-10) vs. Nationals (21-11)

Where: Camden Yards


First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 FM

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jimenez (1-1, 6.58 ERA) vs. Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (4-2, 2.66 ERA)

What to watch

1. Orange crush. The Orioles have won five in a row and only one team in baseball is hotter - the American League East-leading New York Yankees (six straight wins). The Orioles sit just a half-game behind the Yankees for the division lead and the best record in baseball after moving past the Nats with Monday's win. Tonight, they have a chance to move to the top of the heap with a win and a Yankees loss in Cincinnati.

2. Max-imillions. Anytime the Orioles get an opportunity to face one of the best pitchers in baseball, it's worth a watch. Tonight, it's power vs. power when the Orioles' mashers take on Max Scherzer's heat. Scherzer is among National League leaders with a 2.66 ERA, 40 2/3 innings, 51 strikeouts and a .182 opponents' batting average.

3. Quick starts. The Orioles scored exactly zero runs in the first inning in 20 games before pushing one run across Friday night. But fans might want to tune in at 7:05 p.m. on the dot because the Orioles have done a good chunk of their damage in the first innings over the past four games. They've scored in the first of each game, totaling 10 of their 20 runs since Friday in that frame alone. And after not scoring one since April 12. Strange game.

Orioles lineup

RF Seth Smith
CF Adam Jones
3B Manny Machado
1B Chris Davis
DH Mark Trumbo
LF Trey Mancini
2B Jonathan Schoop
SS J.J. Hardy
C Caleb Joseph

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