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The Sunday afternoon Orioles game thread: at Athletics, 1:35

The Orioles look to make it three wins in a row against the Athletics on Sunday afternoon. It would be great if they could do it, because three great starters are lined up against them for the next three days.

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Do you know which Orioles team will show up today? Will it be the high-flying, dong-hitting powerhouse that has blown apart the Athletics late in the game two days running? Or will it be the lifeless squad of hackers that gets no traction against even the poorest of starters?

Some games, both Orioles teams show up, and the question becomes more about how well the starting pitcher has done, or how poorly. It's Wei-Yin Chen today, in whose games the Orioles have the best record of any of their starters, so that seems like a good sign to begin with. A couple of different faces await in this afternoon's lineup. Steve Clevenger and Henry Urrutia are both in the lineup again. Here's hoping they do a little better than they did yesterday.

Grabbing this game is important because, for one, grabbing every game is important, and for two, the pitchers lined up to face the O's for the next three games after this are Sonny Gray, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard. Plenty of three-game losing streaks have happened against less-talented pitchers. They've won the last two games, and that's nice, but it won't mean a whole lot if they don't keep on winning games.

OK, the rest is up to them.

Today's Lineups

Billy Burns - CF Manny Machado - 3B
Coco Crisp - LF Gerardo Parra - RF
Danny Valencia - 3B Adam Jones - CF
Josh Phegley - C Chris Davis - 1B
Brett Lawrie - 2B Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Billy Butler - DH Steve Clevenger - DH
Mark Canha - 1B J.J. Hardy - SS
Marcus Semien - SS Henry Urrutia - LF
Sam Fuld - RF Caleb Joseph - C
Kendall Graveman - RHP Wei-Yin Chen - LHP