The Orioles are not playing any baseball on Thursday night, but there are still games of interest, especially if you are considering the potential to impact the American League East standings early in the season.
In afternoon action, Oakland defeated Minnesota, 6-1, with newly-demoted Jim Johnson not getting an appearance in the game. Pittsburgh beat the Cubs by a 5-4 score thanks to a three-run home run hit off a reliever with a very unfortunate last name: Schlitter. Washington and Miami also played a game, the result of which I will not bother to mention due to my prevailing provincial biases.
Here are the games on tap for the rest of the night:
Boston (4-5) @ New York Yankees (4-5), 7:05, MLB Network
Probable starters: Clay Buchholz (BOS), Michael Pineda (NY)
At the end of this game, one of these teams will be a half-game ahead of the Orioles in the standings and the other will be a half-game behind, in last place in the AL East. Someone wins, which means we all lose, but someone loses, which means we all win.
Milwaukee (6-2) @ Philadelphia, 7:05
Probable starters: Marco Estrada (MIL), Cliff Lee (PHI)
Houston (3-6) @ Toronto (5-4), 7:07
Probable starters: Dallas Keuchel (HOU), R.A. Dickey (TOR)
The Jays are ahead of the Orioles in the standings, making us fans of the Astros tonight.
New York Mets (3-5) @ Atlanta (5-3), 7:10
Probable starters: Jennry Mejia (NY), David Hale (ATL)
Cleveland (5-4) @ Chicago White Sox (4-5), 8:10
Probable starters: Danny Salazar (CLE), John Danks (CHI)
Arizona (3-8) @ San Francisco (6-3), 10:15
Probable starters: Randall Delgado (ARI), Ryan Vogelsong (SF)
No one in MLB has lost more games than Arizona, probably because no one in MLB has played more games than Arizona.