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Game 41: Orioles (26-14) @ Nationals (23-16), 7:15pm

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Can Jason Hammel and the Orioles make it to 13 games over .500 against the Nationals tonight?  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Can Jason Hammel and the Orioles make it to 13 games over .500 against the Nationals tonight? (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Twelve games over .500. How we got here is a blur of unbelievable victories. Tonight the Orioles will be looking to rack up one more against the Nationals. They will be doing this behind one of their best players - Jason Hammel, still looking to put together a solid start after dealing with a little knee soreness.

Opposing him for the Nationals is Ross Detwiler, who enters the game with a 2.75 ERA on the season. That isn't bad - but of course, it was accumulated against the National League. The Orioles bats were mostly in slumber last night and we hope that they are going to wake up.

I'd post a little more but I've been unavoidably busy this afternoon. Have at it yourselves, chaps - and remember that this game will be on the FOX network. If you're out of market, I think you're screwed as far as watching on TV. MLB needs to get in the 21st century in a lot of ways and the broadcast rights' inherent unfriendliness to the fan is one such way. Unfortunately they will not be correcting themselves today. Hope you can see it somehow!


Lineup

BALTIMORE ORIOLES WASHINGTON NATIONALS
Robert Andino - 2B Steve Lombardozzi - 2B
J.J. Hardy - SS Bryce Harper - RF
Nick Markakis - RF Ryan Zimmerman - 3B
Adam Jones - CF Adam LaRoche - 1B
Matt Wieters - C Ian Desmond - SS
Wilson Betemit - 1B Rick Ankiel - CF
Steve Tolleson - 3B Carlos Maldonado - C
Xavier Avery - LF Roger Bernadina - LF
Jason Hammel - P Ross Detwiler - P