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The Sunday afternoon Orioles game thread: vs. Tigers, 1:35

It's the conclusion of the Orioles' four game series against the Tigers. Ubaldo Jimenez starts against the man who lives in the van down by the river, Daniel Norris. Can they make it eight wins in nine games?

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Your starting pitcher pitches well, your offense scores a bunch of early runs, and you coast to a fairly easy victory where you only need to use one reliever. That was the Orioles on Saturday night. It doesn't have to be hard or complicated. But as continues to be true, it's not going to end up meaning a whole lot that they won yesterday if they don't win today too.

The Orioles have now won seven out of eight games and pulled themselves to back within a game of the second wild card spot. They are five games back in the division. That's better than they were a week ago, yet not as good as they could be, either. Sweeps at the hands of the teams you're chasing, and the O's did get swept by both the Twins and Yankees, will cost you.

They're better at home. They're about to head off to a west coast trip. Get this thing done, team.

Today's Lineups

Anthony Gose - CF Manny Machado - 3B
Jose Iglesias - SS Gerardo Parra - LF
Ian Kinsler - 2B Adam Jones - CF
Victor Martinez - DH Chris Davis - 1B
J.D. Martinez - RF Matt Wieters - C
James McCann - C J.J. Hardy - SS
Nick Castellanos - 3B Jimmy Paredes - DH
Alex Avila - 1B Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Rajai Davis - LF Nolan Reimold - RF
Daniel Norris - LHP Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP