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Orioles on deck: What to watch Wednesday afternoon at Rays

Orioles (48-52) vs. Rays (52-49)

Where: Tropicana Field

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First pitch: 12:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

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Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Ubaldo Jiménez (4-6, 7.19 ERA) vs. Rays RHP Alex Cobb (8-6, 3.57)

What to watch

1. Reverse lock? In two games against the Rays this season, Ubaldo Jiménez has a 19.06 ERA and is allowing a 1.412 OPS. After posting a 9.95 ERA in his first four starts this month, he's due for a better outing, right?

2. On the Cobb. It's not quite at the level the Rays have owned Jiménez this season, but the Orioles have handed Alex Cobb a 6.35 ERA in two starts against them in 2017. Most of that came in their last meeting when he allowed six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings earlier this month. Can they do it again? Maybe if they ...

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3. Keep the bats rolling. The Orioles haven't been held to fewer than four runs since July 17, averaging 7.5 runs per game over their past eight. That's a big reason they're 5-4 during that time. See if they can keep that offensive roll alive to leave St. Petersburg, Fla., with a series win.

Orioles lineup

CF Adam Jones

3B Manny Machado

2B Jonathan Schoop

1B Chris Davis

DH Mark Trumbo

LF Trey Mancini

RF Seth Smith

C Caleb Joseph

SS Rubén Tejada

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