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Orioles @ Rays lineups and game preview for 9/23

Hope may be all but lost, but the Orioles still have seven games to play. They'll try to avoid the sweep this afternoon.

Mike Ehrmann

Today's game is at 3:10 p.m. and in addition to the usual stations, will also be airing on MLB Network for you out-of-towners.


Baltimore Orioles

1. Brian Roberts (S) DH
2. Manny Machado (R) 3B
3. Chris Davis (L) 1B
4. Adam Jones (R) CF
5. Nick Markakis (L) RF
6. Matt Wieters (S) C
7. Nate McLouth (L) LF
8. J.J. Hardy (R) SS
9. Ryan Flaherty (L) 2B

Tampa Bay Rays

1. Sean Rodriguez (R) 1B
2. Ben Zobrist (S) LF
3. Evan Longoria (R) 3B
4. Wil Myers (R) RF
5. Delmon Young (R) DH
6. Yunel Escobar (R) SS
7. Tim Beckham (R) 2B
8. Jose Molina (R) C
9. Sam Fuld (L) CF

Starting Pitchers

Wei-Yin Chen is starting for the Orioles while Chris Archer takes the mound for the Rays. Chen gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Red Sox (despite allowing seven hits, yowza), but something tells me he'll need to be better than that if the Orioles want to get out of Tampa Bay with a win. The offense has looked putrid over the last three games, and they have to face Chris Archer this afternoon.

Archer has an ERA of 3.02 on the season and has only allowed three or more runs in six of his 21 starts this season. He has faced the Orioles once, way back in June. He held them to one run on two hits in seven innings.