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Orioles on deck: What to watch Sunday vs. Rays

Orioles (74-82) vs. Rays (76-79)

Where: Camden Yards

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First pitch: 1:35 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN2/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (13-9, 4.24 ERA) vs. Rays RHP Chris Archer (9-11, 4.02)

What to watch

1. Countdown over. Now that the Orioles have been eliminated from the playoff race, the final week of the regular season could be a somewhat telling one. Who will Buck Showalter want a close look at over the final days of the season? Will potentially departing players get a proper sendoff? That all starts today.

2. Big pitching matchup. The Orioles' final home game of the season lines up a pitching matchup befitting Opening Day. Dylan Bundy starts for the Orioles, looking for a good finish after two poor starts in three games. Chris Archer pitches for the Rays, looking to also reverse a downward trend.

3. J.J. Hardy. Will this be the last time Orioles fans get to see shortstop J.J. Hardy in black and orange at Camden Yards? The club is unlikely to bring the veteran back with Tim Beckham in tow, but Hardy was a huge part of the club's success since 2012. Sure, injuries have marked his past three seasons, but he won three Gold Gloves with the Orioles, and added an All-Star nod and a Silver Slugger in 2013. Over Hardy's first three seasons with the club, he averaged 26 homers and 75 RBIs while playing stellar defense. Even as he has aged the past four years, he has remained a steady presence in the field.

Orioles lineup

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LF Trey Mancini

3B Manny Machado

2B Jonathan Schoop

CF Adam Jones

1B Chris Davis

RF Austin Hays

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DH Pedro Alvarez

SS J.J. Hardy

​​​​C Chance Sisco

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