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The Friday night Orioles game thread: at Blue Jays, 7:07

The Orioles are in Toronto for the weekend, where they will hopefully not get swept. Friday's series opener will have Mike Wright starting for the O's, with Marco Estrada starting for the Jays.

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Good luck to Mike Wright as he ventures onto the carpet in the great white north, for surely he will need it. This Jays offense is basically leaving nothing but a trail of shattered bodies in their wake. It is Wright's turn to stand before that menace tonight. There will probably be many homers.

One piece of good news is that Adam Jones is back in the lineup, although he is serving as the DH rather than playing on whatever sad excuse for a playing surface they have up there. Well, hopefully that's good news that Jones is playing. We don't really know. If he's only in the lineup because the Orioles are desperate to get him in there and he's still kind of hurting, maybe that's not actually good news. No one can see the future.

Every division series is crucial, but this weekend's against Toronto feels extra crucial because if the Orioles come out of it with a couple of wins, it'll still feel like they are hot and that they are doing well. If they lose two out of three or get swept, then they will have fallen back from the notion that they're right in the picture with the rest of the top AL East teams.

Also, the Orioles have basically blown against the Jays this year, so it would be nice if they could kind of right the ship a bit. They're 3-6 against the Jays with a -14 run differential. The Jays have averaged nearly seven runs per game when playing the Orioles. Like I said at the start - good luck, Mike Wright.

Today's Lineups

Manny Machado - 3B Jose Reyes - SS
Chris Parmelee - RF Josh Donaldson - 3B
Adam Jones - DH Jose Bautista - RF
Chris Davis - 1B Edwin Encarnacion - DH
Matt Wieters - C Justin Smoak - 1B
J.J. Hardy - SS Chris Colabello - LF
Ryan Flaherty - 2B Dioner Navarro - C
Steve Pearce - LF Kevin Pillar - CF
David Lough - CF Ryan Goins - 2B
Mike Wright - RHP Marco Estrada - RHP