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The Friday night Orioles game thread: at Indians, 7:10

The Orioles play near the water at home and they'll be near the water in Cleveland too, so they'll feel right at home, right? Chris Tillman and Shaun Marcum are the starters in the Friday series opener.

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Four people who were Orioles yesterday are not with the team today. That's quite a lot of turnover in the span of 24 hours, headlined, of course, by the return of Matt Wieters. Just his mere presence in the lineup almost makes the top half of the lineup look like a real baseball team's lineup again, with perhaps the exception of Travis Snider, but hey, that's still better than cleanup hitter Delmon Young.

Anyway, there's also the addition of Rey Navarro to the bench, and Cesar Cabral to the bullpen. Everth Cabrera has been sent packing for good. Steve Clevenger and Mike Wright were optioned. And then there's Brian Matusz, whose eight game suspension has been upheld and begins tonight, although the Brewers guy had his suspension reduced to six games, which is a whole lot of bullshit.

Will any of it make a dang bit of difference? I don't know. It's up to the hitters to start scoring more than two runs per game on a regular basis, and for tonight in particular it's up to Chris Tillman to not suck, which has been beyond him so far this season. Cleveland's starter, Shaun Marcum, has also sucked this year, but the Orioles offense has made a lot of bad starters look good so far, so that's not an especially heartening statistic to ponder.

Most days I forget that Cleveland exists. I don't think about there as a place that exists. On Monday when the Orioles are done playing the Indians, I'll probably forget about them again. I imagine a Clevelander would say the same about Baltimore, so I guess we're even.

Today's Lineups

Manny Machado - 3B Jason Kipnis - 2B
Travis Snider - RF Carlos Santana - 1B
Adam Jones - CF Michael Brantley - DH
Chris Davis - 1B Brandon Moss - RF
Matt Wieters - C David Murphy - LF
Jimmy Paredes - DH Lonnie Chisenhall - 3B
Ryan Flaherty - 2B Yan Gomes - C
J.J. Hardy - SS Michael Bourn - CF
David Lough - LF Mike Aviles - SS
Chris Tillman - RHP Shaun Marcum - RHP