Game 27: Orioles (14-12) @ Twins (12-14), 8:10

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The Orioles open up a weekend series with the Twins in Minnesota on Friday night. Ubaldo Jimenez starts for the Orioles, with Ricky Nolasco starting for the Twins.

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After concluding an exhausting doubleheader sweep of the Pirates on Thursday, the Orioles are off to face the Twins in Minnesota. The Twins had their own doubleheader marathon on Thursday, so they'll be tired too. The second game of their doubleheader was over five hours long, reportedly the longest game in Target Field history. They didn't have to travel anywhere after they played that game, but still, no one wants to hear any excuses.

The Twins are the team you want to beat up on if you're the Orioles. No one expected them to be good, and they probably aren't good, though they were holding at a .500 record before yesterday's doubleheader, much like the Orioles were. The O's could tie their season-long winning streak at three, which isn't exactly anything to write home about. Maybe one day they'll go on a long winning streak.

It never happened last year, and as long as the April version of Ubaldo Jimenez is in the rotation this year, it probably won't happen soon either. Guess who starts tonight? You can check out some more thoughts on the pitchers and lineups in my game preview. The gist of it is that the Orioles had better beat up on Ricky Nolasco, but you know them. They probably won't.

Today's Lineups

Nick Markakis - RF Brian Dozier - 2B
Manny Machado - 3B Joe Mauer - 1B
Nelson Cruz - LF Trevor Plouffe - 3B
Adam Jones - CF Chris Colabello - RF
Matt Wieters - C Jason Kubel - LF
J.J. Hardy - SS Josmil Pinto - DH
Delmon Young - DH Kurt Suzuki - C
Steve Pearce - 1B Sam Fuld - CF
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Eduardo Escobar - SS
Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP Ricky Nolasco - RHP

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