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Orioles on deck: What to watch Thursday vs. Rays, plus lineups, broadcast info and more

Orioles (6-18) vs. Rays (9-13)

Where: Camden Yards

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First pitch: 7:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

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Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Dylan Bundy (1-2, 1.42 ERA) vs. Rays RHP Chris Archer (1-1, 6.59 ERA)

What to watch

1. No deeper. At 12 games under .500 and 12½ games out of first place before the season is a month old, the Orioles can't afford to let their hole get any deeper. The Red Sox haven't cooled off much, the Yankees have found their footing and just as the Orioles got out of their nightmarish early-season schedule, they ran into a hot Rays offense that has led the club to five straight wins. The schedule loosens up, but the banged-up Orioles have plenty of work to do to get things going in the right direction.

2. Bundy day. Having lost four straight and 10 of 11, at least the Orioles have ace Dylan Bundy on the mound Thursday. Bundy has given the Orioles a good chance to win every time out with four quality starts in five games, and he allowed one earned run in 5 2/3 innings in the fifth. Bundy has done it in dominant fashion, as he's tied for sixth in the majors in ERA and ninth with 40 strikeouts. He has an impressive 1.105 WHIP and a .220 opponents' batting average. If this continues, the Orioles will have found the No. 1 pitcher they've been waiting for.

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3. Not the same Archer. Rays starter Chris Archer's career, on the other hand, appears to be going in the opposite direction. The two-time All-Star and once-dominant right-hander is coming off two straight seasons with an ERA over 4.00 (he had a 3.26 ERA over his previous three seasons) and has struggled to a 6.59 ERA in 2018. Archer is coming off his first quality start of the season after allowing at least four runs in each of his first four outings. Is he due for a second straight solid day? Not necessarily, especially against an Orioles team he's had difficulty containing. The Orioles are without several key pieces, but Archer has a 4.81 career ERA in 17 games (16 starts) against them. The past two seasons have been especially bad for Archer head to head with Baltimore, as he had a 4.62 ERA in four starts in 2016 and a 5.91 ERA in four starts last season.

Orioles lineup

LF Trey Mancini

2B Jace Peterson

SS Manny Machado

CF Adam Jones

1B Chris Davis

DH Pedro Álvarez

3B Danny Valencia

RF Anthony Santander

C Caleb Joseph

Rays lineup

LF Denard Span

1B C.J. Cron

RF Carlos Gómez

DH Brad Miller

3B Daniel Robertson

2B Joey Wendle

C Wilson Ramos

CF Mallex Smith

SS Adeiny Hechavarria

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