It always sounds kinda dumb when people call anything but an elimination game a "must win", but seriously, the Orioles need to win tonight. It is their final home, in-division game of the season. After that, they get three with the Diamondbacks, whom they can hopefully sweep, and then six on the road. This team is not good on the road.
Chris Tillman pitches tonight and he will probably be OK. The real trouble is with the O's offense. It has been horrid this series and they now face a former Cy Young winner who throws with his left hand. Pray to the old gods and the new that this works out.
Trey Mancini, a rookie appearing in his second career game, is hitting fifth. That tells you everything you need to know about Buck Showalter's confidence in his veteran sluggers against the southpaw Price. Hey, he hit a DONG the other night. He could do it again. Let's just get some guys on in front of him...please!
Out of town scoreboard watch: Seattle is off. Houston hosts the Angels at 8 p.m. The Yankees are in Tampa at 7 p.m. And the Tigers and Twins play a double header today. Game one wrapped a little while ago with Detroit winning (boo) and game two starts at 8:10 p.m. So, a loss for the O's could have them on the outside looking in by the end of the night. Wow.
|BOSTON RED SOX||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Dustin Pedroia - 2B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Brock Holt - SS||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Mookie Betts - RF||Manny Machado - 3B|
|David Ortiz - DH||Mark Trumbo - RF|
|Hanley Ramirez - 1B||Trey Mancini - DH|
|Travis Shaw - 3B||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Jackie Bradley - CF||J.J. Hardy - SS|
|Sandy Leon - C||Drew Stubbs - LF|
|Andrew Benintendi - LF||Caleb Joseph - C|
|David Price - LHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|