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Orioles on deck: What to watch Saturday afternoon at Red Sox, plus lineups, TV and more

Orioles (5-9) vs. Red Sox (11-2)

Where: Fenway Park, Boston

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First pitch: 1:05 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Alex Cobb (12-10, 3.66 ERA in 2017) vs. Red Sox RHP Hector Velázquez (1-0, 3.12 ERA)

What to watch

1. Big debut. Alex Cobb makes his Orioles debut 24 days after signing during the last week of spring training. Cobb was the big catch of the Orioles' offseason, and it will be worth watching if he'll be able to jump right into the fray having not pitched in an official game to prepare.

2. Manny mash. After not driving in a run until his eighth game, Manny Machado has eight RBIs in his past seven games, with multiple coming in three games. See if he can continue to produce Saturday afternoon.

3. No Schoop. The Orioles will be without Jonathan Schoop, who is headed to the disabled list with an oblique injury. He had been hitting better of late with two straight two-hit games. In his stead, Tim Beckham moves to second base and Danny Valencia starts at third. With that alignment, the Orioles meet a new face in the rivalry, Hector Velázquez. He was solid in starting Boston's fourth game of the year, allowing one run in 5 2/3 innings against the Rays. But he's coming off a poor relief outing in which he allowed two runs in two innings.

Orioles lineup

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LF Trey Mancini

DH Pedro Álvarez

SS Manny Machado

CF Adam Jones

1B Chris Davis

2B Tim Beckham

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C Chance Sisco

3B Danny Valencia

RF Anthony Santander

Red Sox lineup

RF Mookie Betts

LF Andrew Benintendi

1B Hanley Ramírez

DH J.D. Martinez

3B Rafael Devers

CF Jackie Bradley Jr.

C Sandy León

2B Brock Holt

SS Tzu-Wei Lin

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