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Thursday night Orioles game thread: at Blue Jays, 7:07

There are two kinds of people: Those who think the Orioles might win tonight and those who know Ubaldo Jimenez is pitching against the Blue Jays.

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All the Orioles need to return to .500 and leave Canada with a road series win is to win a game started by Ubaldo Jimenez. Yeah, I know, I just wanted to get that one out of the way right at the beginning. Do not look to hope. It has forsaken these lands.

But still, even though they're below .500, the Orioles are also just 4.5 games out of the AL East lead and 2.5 games shy of a wild card spot. If they can finish strong heading into the All-Star break, it will feel like they are going somewhere good. Whether they will actually be going somewhere good, or whether they're even capable of finishing strong into the break, are both different stories entirely.

The good news is that, short of their being no-hit, the Orioles offense can't do much worse than they did yesterday. There's always the chance that they're approximately as bad against Jays starter J.A. Happ. I wouldn't rule out the possibility at all. A lineup that contains Joey Rickard, Craig Gentry, and Ruben Tejada might give you certain feelings, most of which aren't good. And Rickard is the leadoff hitter despite his .279 on-base percentage! Sheesh.

Today's Lineups

Joey Rickard - LF Jose Bautista - RF
Manny Machado - 3B Russell Martin - C
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Josh Donaldson - 3B
Adam Jones - CF Justin Smoak - 1B
Mark Trumbo - DH Kendrys Morales - DH
Trey Mancini - 1B Troy Tulowitzki - SS
Welington Castillo - C Ezequiel Carrera - LF
Craig Gentry - RF Kevin Pillar - CF
Ruben Tejada - SS Ryan Goins - 2B
Ubaldo Jimenez - RHP J.A. Happ - LHP