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GameThread: Orioles (51-75) @ Twins (63-63), 8:10 PM EDT

Jeremy Guthrie pitches tonight against Nick Blackburn. Blackburn is pretty unspectacular but not horrible. He's basically Jeremy Guthrie minus the home runs. After last night when each team used five pitchers, it'd be good for both teams if their starter could go deep into the game.

Hopefully the Orioles can make up for their embarrassing display last night with a well pitched, fundamentally sound game and come away with the win. It'd be a nice way to wrap up the road trip before the O's go home to see the Cleveland Indians for the first time this year.

2009 - Jeremy Guthrie 8-12 5.45 1.43 82 47

2009 - Nick Blackburn 8-8 4.27 1.42 68 36


Baltimore Orioles Minnesota Twins
Brian Roberts - 2B Denard Span - CF
Cesar Izturis - SS Orlando Cabrera - SS
Luke Scott - 1B Joe Mauer - C
Nick Markakis - RF Justin Morneau - 1B
Nolan Reimold - LF Jason Kubel - DH
Michael Aubrey - DH Michael Cuddyer - RF
Ty Wigginton - 3B Delmon Young - LF
Felix Pie - CF Nick Punto - 3B
Chad Moeller - C Alexi Casilla - 2B

Tonight's lineup makes me want to cry, except for the no Melvin part. If you're going to go with these players, I'd keep Roberts, Markakis, and Reimold together. As it is, if Brian gets on base he's going to be left out to dry by Izzy and Luke.