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GameThread for Baltimore Orioles at Toronto Blue Jays, Sep 28, 2016 7:07 PM EDT

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The Orioles need to win tonight. Like, they really need to win. It would behoove them to win. Really.

Trey Mancini is back in the lineup and ready to mash.
Trey Mancini is back in the lineup and ready to mash.
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Here we go again, friends. The Orioles will again face the Blue Jays and again we will all all wait to see if they will rise to the occasion or if they will be steamrolled. I know what I think is going to happen and I know what I hope will happen and they are not the same thing.

If the Orioles lose tonight they will not only be three games back of the Jays for the first wild card, but they run the risk of ending the night tied with the Tigers for the second wild card. The Tigers have Michael Fulmer pitching for them, so that doesn't bode well for their opponents, the Indians, or for the Orioles.

Francisco Liriano is starting for the Blue Jays and while he has not had a good year, he has been good of late for the Blue Jays. Also, he's a lefty. So there's that.

Today's Lineups

BALTIMORE ORIOLES TORONTO BLUE JAYS
Adam Jones - CF Ezequiel Carrera - LF
Chris Davis - 1B Josh Donaldson - 3B
Manny Machado - 3B Edwin Encarnacion - 1B
Mark Trumbo - RF Jose Bautista - RF
Trey Mancini - DH Russell Martin - C
Matt Wieters - C Troy Tulowitzki - SS
J.J. Hardy - SS Michael Saunders - DH
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Kevin Pillar - CF
Nolan Reimold - LF Ryan Goins - 2B
Chris Tillman - RHP Francisco Liriano - LHP
Let's go O's!