For many people in Baltimore, today usually marks the beginning of football season and, thus, the end of their attention span for baseball. Rather than watching teams compete in games that count they consume themselves with discussions on which teams has the best backups in the league.
"Ya know what, that back-up punter looked solid. He has tremendous upside."
I can't lie. I do enjoy some football but this is baseball season. This is a battle of the two top teams in the AL East. It's the deciding game of a three-match set that could propel one and sink the other. This is better than watching two groups of 22-year-olds false start for two hours after the starters hit the showers.
For a more in-depth look at the lineups check out the game preview.
|Baltimore Orioles||Toronto Blue Jays|
|RF Nick Markakis (L)||SS Jose Reyes (S)|
|3B Manny Machado (R)||DH Melky Cabrera (S)|
|CF Adam Jones (R)||RF Jose Bautista (R)|
|LF Nelson Cruz (R)||C Dioner Navarro (S)|
|DH Delmon Young (R)||1B Juan Francisco (L)|
|SS J.J. Hardy (R)||3B Danny Valencia (R)|
|1B Chris Davis (L)||CF Colby Rasmus (L)|
|C Caleb Joseph (R)||2B Ryan Goins (L)|
|2B Jonathan Schoop (R)||LF Anthony Gose (L)|
|RHP Miguel Gonzalez||LHP J.A. Happ|