Orioles on deck: What to watch Wednesday at Rays

Josh Land
Contact ReporterThe Baltimore Sun
What to watch during tonight's Orioles-Rays game.

Orioles (11-8) vs. Tampa Bay Rays (10-10)

Where: Tropicana Field

First pitch: 7:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (1-1, 4.42 ERA) vs. Rays LHP Matt Moore (1-1, 3.60 ERA)

What to watch

1. Where's the O? The Orioles have been held to two total runs over their past three games, and to three runs or fewer six times in the past eight games. Will the Orioles bats start to get back on track tonight against Tampa Bay?

2. Mound of questions. Tonight's pitching matchup pits two starters from whom their teams aren't quite sure what they're going to get each time out. Chris Tillman had two solid outings, plus an impressive but abbreviated two-inning start on Opening Day. He allowed six runs in his other start. Matt Moore has two quality starts in four outings this season. Which Tillman and which Moore will show up tonight?

3. Broom busters. The Orioles have lost three in a row for the first time all year and last night secured their first series loss against a divisional opponent. But they have yet to be swept this season. Can the Birds end the skid and stop the Rays from breaking out the brooms?

Orioles lineup

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

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