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

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After losing a bunch of games in a row, the Orioles now have a chance to win a bunch of games in a row - if they can, you know, win. The Red Sox await again on Friday night. Rick Porcello and Alec Asher are the starting pitchers.

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Rick Porcello may have won the AL Cy Young last year, but he hasn't pitched like one so far this year. After shelling Eduardo Rodriguez so hard on Thursday that he had to go on the disabled list today, the Orioles will go up against Porcello on Friday night. The last time they saw him, about a month ago, he held them to just two runs on five hits in six innings - though the Orioles ended up winning that game, 5-2.

For the O's, Alec Asher gets another crack at a start. Amazingly, the Orioles have (as of this writing) not undergone the daily roster swap because they're set enough with Ubaldo Jimenez ready to pitch out in the bullpen. That's... rather frightening, actually. Maybe it will work out.

The weather is nice. The stadium will probably be full of Red Sox fans, but that's the way it goes. Hopefully the baseball goes well for the Orioles. Oh, and all those people who are clamoring for Hyun Soo Kim to play more can be happy because he's in the starting lineup tonight. Camden Yards is a whole lot less weird than the left field out in Houston, so maybe that will be good news for all of Kim, Asher, and the Orioles.

Today's Lineups

Mookie Betts - RF Seth Smith - RF
Andrew Benintendi - LF Adam Jones - CF
Xander Bogaerts - SS Manny Machado - 3B
Mitch Moreland - 1B Mark Trumbo - DH
Hanley Ramirez - DH Chris Davis - 1B
Jackie Bradley - CF Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Josh Rutledge - 2B Hyun Soo Kim - LF
Pablo Sandoval - 3B J.J. Hardy - SS
Sandy Leon - C Caleb Joseph - C
Rick Porcello - RHP Alec Asher - RHP