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Orioles Game 18 Thread: vs. Red Sox, 7:05pm Eastern

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The Orioles have lost five straight, which they never did at all last year. They will try to avoid going four games below .500 tonight against the Red Sox, which they also never did at all last year.

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It's time for the Orioles to try something different, like "not lose." As they set about this task, they will be without manager Buck Showalter for the day. Buck is going to be in Nashville for a memorial for his father-in-law, though he is expected to return tonight. In the meantime, bench coach John Russell will be the acting manager, and director of player development Brian Graham will serve as the bench coach. How do they settle on that assignment, do you think?

If there's one bit of good news for the Orioles so far, it's that they'll probably be in OK shape once all of their pitchers start pitching better. Scoring the runs is, for the most part, not the problem, and with Justin Masterson on the mound for Boston it ought not to be a problem today either. Will today be a day where Wei-Yin Chen starts pitching better, or, you know, anybody in the bullpen pitching better? That is the real mystery.

Win or lose, it's probably set to be another relatively cold and long and miserable night for those who venture to Camden Yards, not only because it's not baseball weather but because the place will be overrun with Red Sox fans. To the hardy among you, I salute you.

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Mookie Betts - CF Alejandro De Aza - LF
Dustin Pedroia - 2B Jimmy Paredes - DH
David Ortiz - DH Adam Jones - CF
Hanley Ramirez - LF Chris Davis - 1B
Mike Napoli - 1B Travis Snider - RF
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Manny Machado - 3B
Allen Craig - RF Reynaldo Navarro - 2B
Xander Bogaerts - SS Caleb Joseph - C
Ryan Hanigan - C Everth Cabrera - SS
Justin Masterson - RHP Wei-Yin Chen - LHP