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Orioles Game 96 Game Thread: vs. Indians, 7:05

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

First place belongs to the Orioles once again, but they aren't going to hold it for very long if they don't keep winning. True, the Red Sox lost to the moribund Twins last night to help the O's regain first, but the O's can't expect them to keep losing, especially not at home to such a bad team as the Twins are.

The Orioles deploy a lineup that is almost full strength once again. Matt Wieters is still out and it's looking like he'll end up missing at least a week worth of games when all is said and done. On the bright side, that's more chances for Caleb Joseph to get an RBI and break that streak. That's assuming J.J. Hardy or Nolan Reimold ever get on base ahead of him, anyway - and assuming he can get a hit in those situations.

Maybe the Orioles offense will decide they don't hate Kevin Gausman today, and then actually score some runs for him. Indians starter Josh Tomlin has a solid ERA but he's also given up 22 home runs in 107.2 innings, and he doesn't walk many batters. With a team like the Orioles who are a bunch of hackers and free swingers, those are the kinds of guys they can sometimes destroy.

Today's Lineups

Carlos Santana - 1B Adam Jones - CF
Jason Kipnis - 2B Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Francisco Lindor - SS Manny Machado - 3B
Mike Napoli - DH Chris Davis - 1B
Jose Ramirez - 3B Mark Trumbo - RF
Lonnie Chisenhall - RF Pedro Alvarez - DH
Tyler Naquin - CF J.J. Hardy - SS
Rajai Davis - LF Nolan Reimold - LF
Roberto Perez - C Caleb Joseph - C
Josh Tomlin - RHP Kevin Gausman - RHP