The Orioles couldn't have tried much harder to mail in Friday's game against the last place Red Sox, and still they succeeded in coming back from a 3-1 deficit thanks to the atrocious Boston team just being that bad. When the Red Sox quit, man, they quit.
Is this a much less forfeit-y lineup here on Saturday evening? Well, Adam Jones is back, which is certainly a start.
Earlier on Saturday, the Tigers beat the Royals, thanks in part to Royals manager Ned Yost being terrible. That gives Detroit a 2.5 game division lead - they haven't locked things up, but it's looking a lot like an ALDS matchup against the Tigers. Unless the Orioles win like every game from here on out and the Angels lose most of them, in which case the Orioles would play whoever triumphs from the wild card round.
Steve Pearce was a late scratch from the lineup:
Again, Pearce being scratched is a precaution. He did deal with tendinitis in both wrists last year that landed him on DL. #Orioles— Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) September 20, 2014
|BOSTON RED SOX||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Mookie Betts - 2B||Alejandro De Aza - LF|
|Xander Bogaerts - SS||Delmon Young - DH|
|David Ortiz - DH||Adam Jones - CF|
|Allen Craig - 1B||Nelson Cruz - RF|
|Daniel Nava - LF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Rusney Castillo - CF||Christian Walker - 1B|
|Jackie Bradley - RF||Ryan Flaherty - 3B|
|Will Middlebrooks - 3B||Nick Hundley - C|
|Christian Vazquez - C||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Rubby De La Rosa - RHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|