Orioles on deck: What to watch Saturday vs. Rays

Orioles (74-81) vs. Rays (75-79)

Where: Camden Yards


First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan


Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 5.47 ERA) vs. Rays RHP Jake Odorizzi (9-8, 4.46)

What to watch

1. One more loss. With seven games to go, the Orioles need to win out to avoid their first losing season since 2011 — manager Buck Showalter's first full season with the club. The Orioles have not finished worse than 81-81 with Dan Duquette and Showalter in charge, but one more loss will make this their first losing campaign.

2. Odorizzi does it. Jake Odorizzi has allowed more than three earned runs only once in his past 10 starts, and has won three of his past four decisions. The Orioles have had his number in two meetings this season, as he has allowed seven runs in 10 1/3 innings against them.

3. Serious look. Rookie Austin Hays is starting for the ninth straight game, as the Orioles hope he can be the 2017-18 version of Trey Mancini. Hays is batting .294 through 34 at-bats, and could be a serious consideration for an everyday job in 2018.

Orioles lineup

SS Tim Beckham

3B Manny Machado

2B Jonathan Schoop

CF Adam Jones

1B Chris Davis

LF Trey Mancini


DH Mark Trumbo

C Welington Castillo

​​​​​RF Austin Hays



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