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Orioles on deck: What to watch Tuesday at Blue Jays

Orioles (71-73) vs. Blue Jays (67-77)

Where: Rogers Centre

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First pitch: 7:07 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (13-9, 4.12 ERA) vs. Blue Jays RHP Joe Biagini (3-10, 5.29)

What to watch

1. 18 to go. Time is running out on the Orioles. With just 18 games to go, they have lost five straight, are two games under .500 and 3½ games out of a playoff spot. Their elimination number is down to 16, and there's still three teams between themselves and the Twins, who hold the second wild card. When, if at all, will the Orioles make another push?

2. Pressure on Bundy. In desperate need of a win, the Orioles have their best starter on the mound. With the way the rotation has performed lately, Dylan Bundy almost needs to be at his best. Before allowing five runs in four innings on Sept. 4, Bundy had put together an outstanding five-start stretch, posting a 2.00 ERA with 45 strikeouts and just six walks in 36 innings. See if he can return to that form in Toronto.

3. Another Opening. The Orioles offense again mustered little Monday, with three runs on six hits. Tonight, they have another chance against an inconsistent starter with Joe Biagini on the mound. Biagini has been solid as a reliever, but has a 5.77 ERA in 14 starts this season. He allowed five runs in 3 1/3 innings his last start, but on Sept. 1 struck out 10 in pitching seven scoreless innings against the Orioles — easily his best start of the season.

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 Caleb Joseph

​​​​​RF Joey Rickard

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