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Game 95: Orioles (52-42) @ Athletics (59-36), 10:05

The Orioles second half begins against the Athletics in Oakland on Friday night. Chris Tillman starts opposite Jeff Samardzija in the opener of the three-game series.

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The second half begins. The Orioles get thrown into the fire right away, facing off against the excellent Oakland Athletics on the road. Big trade acquisition Jeff Samardzija is the Oakland starter and for most of the Orioles lineup, it's going to be their first look at him.

This is a tough stretch. They might start it off right by winning. They might not. I'll try not to panic if they lose, but no promises, because honestly, you know who you're talking to here.

Today's Lineups

BALTIMORE ORIOLES OAKLAND A'S
Nick Markakis - RF Coco Crisp - CF
Steve Pearce - LF John Jaso - DH
Adam Jones - CF Yoenis Cespedes - LF
Nelson Cruz - DH Brandon Moss - RF
Chris Davis - 1B Josh Donaldson - 3B
J.J. Hardy - SS Stephen Vogt - 1B
Manny Machado - 3B Jed Lowrie - SS
Caleb Joseph - C Derek Norris - C
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Andy Parrino - 2B