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Game 106: Angels (63-42) @ Orioles (59-46), 7:05

After a flurry of rumors and other activity off the field on Wednesday, the Orioles get back in action against the Angels at night. Kevin Gausman starts for the O's against Garrett Richards of the Angels.

Otto Greule Jr

It's never easy for the Orioles, so here they go against Garrett Richards. It's been an exciting day so far in Birdland, what with earlier Jon Lester trade rumors, followed with the unfortunate punch to the gut that Hunter Harvey was being shut down for the season in Delmarva due to a strained flexor mass (sometimes, though not always, a precursor to Tommy John Surgery).

So basically everything is terrible, and the Orioles will lose to Richards tonight as Kevin Gausman gets lit up, the Orioles will go on a losing streak, fall out of first place and the playoff chase, but not before they make a futile trade deadline trade in which they sacrifice the competitive balance draft pick they won last week for some marginal at best upgrade.

Ah, pessimism, you are like an old, comfortable hat.

Today's Lineups

Kole Calhoun - RF Nick Markakis - RF
Mike Trout - CF Manny Machado - 3B
Albert Pujols - 1B Adam Jones - CF
Josh Hamilton - LF Nelson Cruz - DH
Erick Aybar - SS Steve Pearce - 1B
Howie Kendrick - 2B J.J. Hardy - SS
C.J. Cron - DH David Lough - LF
David Freese - 3B Ryan Flaherty - 2B
Chris Iannetta - C Caleb Joseph - C
Garrett Richards - RHP Kevin Gausman - RHP