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Game 97: Orioles (53-43) @ Athletics (60-37), 4:05

It's the rubber match between the Orioles and the Athletics on Sunday afternoon. The starting pitching matchup features a pair of promising young starters in Kevin Gausman and Sonny Gray.

Patrick McDermott

One phenom deserves another. Do either Kevin Gausman or Sonny Gray count as phenoms? Alright, just roll with me here. The point is that Sunday's rubber match between the Orioles and the Athletics will be a game featuring a pair of promising young starters, which could mean either a pitcher's duel or a slugfest or also a game destined to have a relatively run-of-the-mill 4-3 final score.

If the ball keeps getting crushed like it has over the first two games of the series, anything is possible. Maybe these guys will strike everyone out so there won't be home runs. Maybe one or both will miss a couple of spots, and then, well, boom goes the dynamite.

The second place Blue Jays were winning early. The story is the same as every day: win to keep pace. The Orioles have a four game cushion, but that can evaporate in as many days if they aren't careful.

Today's Lineups

BALTIMORE ORIOLES OAKLAND A'S
Nick Markakis - RF Coco Crisp - CF
Steve Pearce - LF John Jaso - C
Adam Jones - CF Yoenis Cespedes - DH
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
Ryan Flaherty - 2B Craig Gentry - LF
Caleb Joseph - C Eric Sogard - 2B