Orioles on deck: What to watch Wednesday at Blue Jays

Orioles (85-72) vs. Blue Jays (87-70)

Where: Rogers Centre


First pitch: 7:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan


Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (16-6, 3.84 ERA) vs. Blue Jays LHP Francisco Liriano (8-13, 4.88 ERA)

What to watch

1. Rebound: The Orioles' series-opening loss dropped them two games behind the Blue Jays for the top wild card and let the Detroit Tigers close to within one game of the second wild card. If the Orioles are going to give themselves a legitimate chance to earn home-field advantage in the wild-card game, they need to win tonight. If they lose, the Blue Jays will have a three-game lead with four games to go, and the door will be open to the Tigers to get back in playoff position.

2. Tillman's turn: On top of trying to rebound as a team, Chris Tillman will be trying to bounce back from his shortest outing of the season. He allowed three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings his last time out. Tillman has a 4.73 ERA in three starts since returning from the disabled list and has a 4.32 in three starts against the Blue Jays this season.

3. Still waiting for offense: The Orioles offense has gone right back to struggling since its breakout Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Orioles have scored three runs over their past two games, and are averaging 2.4 runs on 6.7 hits in their past 10.

Orioles lineup

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

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