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Friday night Orioles game thread: at Rays, 7:10

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Can the Orioles make it 20 games in a row giving up 5+ runs? We’ll find out as Ubaldo Jimenez pitches on Friday night in the Trop. Oh yes - it’s Ubaldo. This could be fate.

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This is it. The Orioles have a chance to make MLB history tonight. All they have to do is give up five or more runs. That would mark the 20th consecutive game of their doing so, which would tie the MLB record set in 1924 by the Philadelphia Athletic.s That would truly be an impressive level of failure.

It’s almost like it’s fated in the cards or written in the stars, you know? Here’s the Orioles reaching for a futile record and here they have Ubaldo Jimenez as their starting pitcher tonight. He could have the record-tying achievement settled before the third inning is completed. That would really be something, all right.

Or maybe this will be the day where somehow, the Orioles pitching staff and defense combine to finally buckle down and stop the streak. Stranger things have happened, haven’t they? Jimenez might come out and surprise us with a quality outing. Anything is possible in a given baseball game, though for the 2017 Orioles, it seems that more of the possible things are bad than good.

Of course, the way things are going for this team, it’s entirely possible that they will manage to break the runs allowed streak and still lose the game by virtue of not scoring enough runs. That’s kind of what I expected to happen last night, but they settled it by giving up the appropriate number of runs. They’ll have to get the best of Chris Archer to improve their chances of winning tonight.

That could happen for the Orioles. They scored five runs off of Archer in April, when they last saw him. But April was so long ago that it feels like a different season for the O’s.

Today's Lineups

BALTIMORE ORIOLES TAMPA BAY RAYS
Seth Smith - DH Mallex Smith - CF
Manny Machado - 3B Corey Dickerson - DH
Adam Jones - CF Evan Longoria - 3B
Mark Trumbo - RF Logan Morrison - 1B
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Steven Souza - RF
Trey Mancini - 1B Shane Peterson - LF
Welington Castillo - C Tim Beckham - SS
Hyun Soo Kim - LF Daniel Robertson - 2B
Ruben Tejada - SS Derek Norris - C
Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP Chris Archer - RHP