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Monday night Orioles game thread: vs. Twins, 7:05

The Orioles take on the first place Twins on Monday night in Baltimore. A pair of struggling pitchers, Ubaldo Jimenez and Kyle Gibson, will start the game on the mound for the O's and Twins.

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How weird is it that the Twins are in first place? I guess we'll get a feeling for how real they are over the next three games, starting with this one here tonight. You shouldn't gamble on sports, but if you did, thinking about the "over" on runs would probably seem tempting tonight, what with Ubaldo Jimenez and his 6.52 ERA scheduled to pitch for the Orioles and Kyle Gibson and his 8.20 ERA scheduled to pitch for the Twins.

I can't stress enough that there's no reason for the Orioles not to destroy Gibson, at least based on his 2017 to date. Gibson has given up six home runs in 26.1 innings and he, like most Twins starting pitchers, hardly strikes anybody out. They can't be messing around with the likes of Kyle Gibson. It's also entirely possible that the O's hitters will enable him to reach a new career high in strikeouts by the sixth inning.

There is some good news for this game, which is that the weather is looking better as of this moment - chances for rain during the game have greatly dropped and that means that while the night may end up being a little cool and still feeling a little damp, they should at least, theoretically, be able to play without delays. That's definitely a good thing for the Orioles, who really don't need a potential rain delay to wipe out whatever innings Jimenez might be able to give them.

If the Orioles win and the Yankees lose tonight, the Orioles will be back in first place.

Today's Lineups

Brian Dozier - 2B Seth Smith - RF
Robbie Grossman - LF Adam Jones - CF
Joe Mauer - 1B Manny Machado - 3B
Miguel Sano - 3B Mark Trumbo - DH
Max Kepler - RF Chris Davis - 1B
Eduardo Escobar - DH Welington Castillo - C
Jorge Polanco - SS Trey Mancini - LF
Jason Castro - C Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Byron Buxton - CF J.J. Hardy - SS
Kyle Gibson - RHP Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP