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Orioles on deck: What to watch Thursday at Tigers, plus lineups, broadcast info and more

Orioles (5-13) vs. Tigers (6-9)

Where: Comerica Park, Detroit

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First pitch: 1:10 p.m.

TV/Radio: MASN/105.7 The Fan

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Starting pitchers: Orioles RHP Alex Cobb (0-1, 17.18 ERA) vs. Tigers RHP Jordan Zimmermann (0-0, 8.18 ERA)

What to watch

1. Take 2. Alex Cobb had a nightmarish Orioles debut Saturday in Boston, allowing eight runs (seven earned) in 3 2/3 innings. He only once had a start like that last season with the Tampa Bay Rays. The question is, will his second start against major league competition — given his lack of a spring training — be any better or does he need more time to get up to speed?

2. Break the brooms. The Orioles are looking to avoid being swept for the third time in six series this season. The Astros and Red Sox have already completed sweeps against the Orioles this month. But leaving Detroit without a win would be especially embarrassing as the Tigers were considered one of the softer spots on the Orioles' challenging early-season schedule. The Orioles have now lost five in a row for the second time this season and are already eight games under .500 just three weeks in.

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3. Wasting Machado. Manny Machado's bat has been scorching over the past 11 games, during which time the Orioles are 3-8. Machado was batting .222 with a .582 OPS after an 0-for-4 day on April 5. Since then, he's hitting .378/.451/.689 with five doubles, three homers and 10 RBIs.

Orioles lineup

LF Trey Mancini

DH Pedro Álvarez

SS Manny Machado

CF Adam Jones

1B Chris Davis

2B Luis Sardiñas

3B Tim Beckham

RF Anthony Santander

C Chance Sisco

Tigers lineup

CF Leonys Martín

3B Jeimer Candelario

1B Miguel Cabrera

RF Nicholas Castellanos

DH Victor Martinez

C James McCann

LF JaCoby Jones

SS José Iglesias

2B Dixon Machado

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