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Saturday Orioles Doubleheader Game 1 Thread: vs. Athletics, 1:05

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Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Ready or not, here comes Paul Janish. He's batting ninth, so who cares, really. More interesting is that Janish's arrival signals Manny Machado going back to playing third base - presumably this will be the norm for the duration of J.J. Hardy's disabled list stay.

Also in this rain delayed, but decidedly not denied, matchup will be the battle of the C/Khris Davises. Their Khris Davis is not left-handed, so maybe he will not hit a home run off of Mike Wright. I don't have a whole lot of faith in Wright, nor do I have a lot of faith in the Orioles offense to do much of anything against Rich Hill. Seriously, how is Rich Hill still in baseball? Remember when he was on the Orioles and terrible? That was seven years ago!

Anyway, there will be two games today. The Orioles open the day tied for first place in the AL East, with the Red Sox playing the Yankees in New York later. It's hard to sweep a doubleheader, especially when one of the games will have a starting pitcher with a 5+ ERA, and the other game has a starting pitcher, uh, with a 5+ ERA. How is this team in first place again?

Today's Lineups

OAKLAND A'S BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Billy Burns - CF Joey Rickard - RF
Jed Lowrie - 2B Manny Machado - 3B
Josh Reddick - RF Chris Davis - 1B
Khris Davis - DH Mark Trumbo - DH
Stephen Vogt - C Adam Jones - CF
Danny Valencia - 3B Matt Wieters - C
Coco Crisp - LF Nolan Reimold - LF
Yonder Alonso - 1B Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Marcus Semien - SS Paul Janish - SS
Rich Hill - LHP Mike Wright - RHP