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The Friday night Orioles game thread: vs. Twins, 7:05pm

A soft-tossing lefty awaits the Orioles on Friday night. Maybe they will finally win a game against the Twins, or maybe they will lose and make you hate everything. Or something in between. But hopefully they win.

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Attention: Orioles. Please stop losing against the Twins. Thank you. You can get started on this task tonight by not sucking against Tommy Milone. By the way, Milone has started four games in his career against the Orioles and has a 1.73 ERA while holding batters to a .696 OPS. That's one game each over the last four seasons, including this one. In the last Twins series, Milone held the O's to one run on five his over seven innings.

That was then. This is now. Will it be any better? The Orioles do tend to perform better at Camden Yards, partly but not entirely due to its friendly dimensions and friendly summer humidity for hitters. But also sometimes they tend to be terrible against a pitcher who's not very good, and they are terrible for no apparent reason.

We saw this very phenomenon in action last night. Milone is not terrible. He is pretty much OK. He is also a lefty who averages 87.8 mph on is fastball, according to Fangraphs. Oh, no. That's a horrible sign. This is going to be horrendous. I'm sorry to everyone who bought a ticket tonight. I hope you really enjoy the orange high socks because you probably won't get anything else good happening to you tonight.

Today's Lineups

Byron Buxton - CF Manny Machado - 3B
Brian Dozier - 2B Gerardo Parra - RF
Joe Mauer - 1B Adam Jones - CF
Miguel Sano - DH Chris Davis - 1B
Trevor Plouffe - 3B Matt Wieters - DH
Torii Hunter - RF Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Eddie Rosario - LF J.J. Hardy - SS
Kurt Suzuki - C Caleb Joseph - C
Eduardo Nunez - SS Nolan Reimold - LF
Tommy Milone - LHP Wei-Yin Chen - LHP