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Orioles on deck: What to watch Wednesday vs. Pirates, plus pregame roster move

Orioles (30-26) vs. Pirates (26-32)

Where: Camden Yards

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First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 FM

Starting pitchers: Orioles LHP Wade Miley (2-3, 2.82 ERA) vs. Pirates RHP Chad Kuhl (1-5, 6.02 ERA)

Orioles to add veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson to major league roster on Wednesday, source says

Jackson added, Hart optioned

The Orioles officially added veteran right-hander Edwin Jackson to the 25-man roster before Wednesday's game, and optioned left-hander Donnie Hart to Triple-A Norfolk to make room.

Hart, 26, allowed two runs in three innings in four appearances after being called back up from the minors. He has a 4.32 ERA over 23 appearances this season.

Jackson, 33, had a 3.10 ERA in 12 games with the Tides. The Orioles are his 12th major league team in a 15-year career.

What to watch

1. Johnny baseball. Jonathan Schoop has recovered from his first real slump of the year to reach base in 13 of his past 14 games. He's batting .346/.382/.731 with five doubles, five homers and 13 RBIs during that time. He had one of his best games of the season Tuesday, with two homers and three RBIs for his fifth career multihomer game and first since May 2016. Perhaps he can keep it going to help the Orioles complete the brief two-game sweep. 

2. Power push. With 13 home runs in their past six games, the Orioles have 80 on the season, and are just three off their pace from 2016. They rank fifth in the American League in long balls, one year after leading the AL. The power surge has coincided with the Orioles beginning to win again, as they have won four of their past six games, and five of eight since a seven-game skid.

3. Encore. Wade Miley is coming off one of his best starts of a good season, allowing one run in seven innings against the Boston Red Sox. The question is whether he can make it two quality starts in a row. Miley has only been able to manage that feat once this year, when he put together a run of three straight in April. Since then, he has alternated good starts with so-so ones, and has failed to pitch at least six innings in back-to-back outings. Can he break that trend tonight?

Orioles lineup

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

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