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

Orioles (69-67) vs. Blue Jays (63-73)

Where: Camden Yards

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First pitch: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Chris Tillman (1-7, 7.91 ERA) vs. Blue Jays LHP Brett Anderson (2-3, 6.83)

What to watch

1. Batty Birds. The Orioles' offensive boom in the second half of the season has been well documented. But they have now scored just three runs in 22 innings over the past two games. As the Orioles look to earn a split with the Blue Jays, it will be worth watching if this is the start of a slump or just two days of quiet bats.

2. Extra rest. As Jon Meoli pointed out in this morning's paper, the Orioles' move to a six-man rotation has earned mixed reviews and results from the starting staff. Chris Tillman, today's starter, has been one who has been hurt the most by it. He hasn't pitched well in any circumstances this season, but his ERA on regular rest is 6.69 while his ERA with extra rest is 9.73. Today he pitches on five days' rest after allowing 10 runs in 10 1/3 innings in his first two games back to starting.

3. On the rise. With two more hits Saturday, Adam Jones' batting average climbed to .282 — its highest point since early May. Since about the All-Star break, Jones' OPS is well over .900. Take away his ejection in the first inning Friday, and he has hits in his past nine full games.

Orioles lineup

SS Tim Beckham

3B Manny Machado

2B Jonathan Schoop

CF Adam Jones

LF Trey Mancini

1B Chris Davis

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DH Mark Trumbo

C Welington Castillo

RF Joey Rickard

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