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The Thursday afternoon Orioles game thread: at Red Sox, 1:35

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The Orioles face down the Red Sox in the rubber game of their series on Thursday afternoon. Miguel Gonzalez and Eduardo Rodriguez are the starting pitchers for the game.

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If you had been asked back in spring training about Nolan Reimold starting a game in center field for the Orioles, you would have probably laughed. It's a ridiculous idea and even here with it happening today it's probably still a ridiculous idea. They're going up against a lefty, specifically former Orioles prospect Eduardo Rodriguez, and so it seems that Buck wants to pack in right-handed batters everywhere he can.

In all likelihood, one of the three starting outfielders in today's Orioles game will not be still on the Orioles for tomorrow's game. That's not a sure thing, of course, especially if it turns out that Adam Jones is more hurt than anybody wants to admit (which may already be true regardless), but assuming Jones doesn't go on the DL, it's tough to see how one of the surplus right-handed outfield bats isn't the one to go when Wei-Yin Chen is activated.

The Orioles could really use a win today if only because the Red Sox are bad and the Orioles are not bad. They're going to have to beat better teams than this to compete for the rest of the season, so beat the bad team while they're here in front of you. The Orioles won't face this team again until September, in fact. Wherever they make it in the standings between now and then, there won't be any more of the Bostons and Philadelphias of the world to pad them.

Today's Lineups

BALTIMORE ORIOLES BOSTON RED SOX
Manny Machado - 3B Mookie Betts - CF
Chris Parmelee - 1B Brock Holt - 2B
Nolan Reimold - CF Xander Bogaerts - SS
Matt Wieters - C David Ortiz - DH
Delmon Young - RF Pablo Sandoval - 3B
Chris Davis - DH Mike Napoli - 1B
J.J. Hardy - SS Alejandro De Aza - LF
Steve Pearce - LF Blake Swihart - C
Ryan Flaherty - 2B Jackie Bradley - RF
Miguel Gonzalez - RHP Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP