We saw the "debut" of one trade deadline acquisition yesterday when Steve Pearce went 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts. Tonight, it is Wade Miley's turn to don the orange and black for the first time.
If the Orioles win, they will also regain the moniker of "best AL team", for the evening at least. They had it last night, but then the Indians won today, giving themselves a 61-45 record, which is the exact record the O's come into tonight with. Obviously, another W for the Birds would give them a half-game advantage.
If you didn't know, Miley is a southpaw. This will be the first game started by a left-handed pitcher in an Orioles uniform all season. It would have been kind of cool to go the whole summer without one, but I guess we will just have to deal with not being historic.
Wade Miley is first LHP to start for #orioles this season. Only time they went entire season without a lefty starting was 2002.— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) August 4, 2016
Speaking of history, Zach Britton is really, really good at his job. He now has the third-most saves all-time for the O's. And...
On top of that, his 106 careers saves are the most ever for an Orioles left-handed pitcher. Eat that, B.J. Ryan!
But enough of that, let's give you the lineups and get to the game. Let's go O's!
|TEXAS RANGERS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Shin-Soo Choo - RF||Adam Jones - CF|
|Ian Desmond - CF||Hyun Soo Kim - LF|
|Carlos Beltran - DH||Manny Machado - 3B|
|Adrian Beltre - 3B||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Rougned Odor - 2B||Mark Trumbo - RF|
|Jonathan Lucroy - C||Pedro Alvarez - DH|
|Ryan Rua - 1B||Matt Wieters - C|
|Elvis Andrus - SS||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Delino DeShields Jr. - LF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|A.J. Griffin - RHP||Wade Miley - LHP|