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Thursday night Orioles game thread: vs. Red Sox, 7:05

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It's a battle of two lefties as the Orioles open up against the Red Sox on Thursday night - Wade Miley and Eduardo Rodriguez. Both have good ERAs and one of the two is actually pitching well.

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There is, as usual, no rest for either the weary or the wicked. The Orioles did better than just survive the division leading Yankees, winning two games out of three, and now here they are right smack into a four game series with the second place Red Sox, who the Orioles are now chasing in the wild card standings. This Boston bunch are winners of eight of their last ten games.

Hopefully the Orioles can manage at least a split in this series. If they do, then they can look forward to the next challenge and hopefully get some positive movement again. If they lose the series, they will be barely above .500 and facing some tough questions that none of us want them to have to ask about their future being able to seriously compete this season.

Don't get your hopes up for this first game (or ever) because with the universe determined to inflict maximum sports suffering on Orioles fans, nothing good can possibly happen when the Orioles face off against former Orioles pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez. He has been pretty good this year, too, with a 2.77 ERA over ten games. Many lefties await this weekend, including Rodriguez, but hey, the Orioles aren't terrible against lefties this year, so far.

Anyway, Wade Miley pitches for the Orioles tonight. Somehow he has an ERA near 3 even though he keeps walking people like it's going out of style. Don't be surprised to see Ubaldo Jimenez in this game.

Today's Lineups

BOSTON RED SOX BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Mookie Betts - RF Joey Rickard - LF
Chris Young - LF Adam Jones - CF
Xander Bogaerts - SS Manny Machado - 3B
Hanley Ramirez - DH Mark Trumbo - RF
Sam Travis - 1B Chris Davis - 1B
Josh Rutledge - 2B Trey Mancini - DH
Christian Vazquez - C Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Jackie Bradley - CF J.J. Hardy - SS
Deven Marrero - 3B Caleb Joseph - C
Eduardo Rodriguez - LHP Wade Miley - LHP