Every day is must-win mode. To get to last year's record, the Orioles can only lose four games from here on. They don't want to waste one of those losses against a reeling last-place team that's starting a rookie pitcher who is sporting an ERA north of 5. The reason they are in must-win mode is because they've lost too many of the games they should have won before now.
Andre Rienzo is the rookie starter du jour. Luckily for the O's, he is not left-handed.
It is Sunday, but there is no sign of a forfeit lineup. That's how you know this is serious. They need a win. They can't settle for a loss. They need to pull off a sweep where they've failed to pull off so many in the past this season. They need to hand the White Sox their tenth loss in a row.
Bud Norris, you're the man now, dog. You should probably pitch a gem, because holy crap, were you watching the hitters with runners in scoring position yesterday?
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||CHICAGO WHITE SOX|
|Brian Roberts (S) - DH||Alejandro De Aza (L) - CF|
|Manny Machado (R) - 3B||Leury Garcia (S) - 2B|
|Chris Davis (L) - 1B||Alexei Ramirez (R) - SS|
|Adam Jones (R) - CF||Adam Dunn (L) - DH|
|Nate McLouth (L) - LF||Jeff Keppinger (R) - 1B|
|Matt Wieters (S) - C||Conor Gillaspie (L) - 3B|
|Nick Markakis (L) - RF||Dayan Viciedo (R) - LF|
|J.J. Hardy (R) - SS||Jordan Danks (L) - RF|
|Ryan Flaherty (L) - 2B||Bryan Anderson (L) - C|