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Sunday afternoon Orioles game thread: vs. Red Sox, 1:35

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A starting pitching battle between Chris Tillman and Chris Sale might have sounded like a pitcher's duel last season, but this year it sounds more like "reverse lock" for the Orioles, if you believe in that.

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The Orioles could strike out 20 times today. We should all be prepared for that outcome. It's never all that unlikely on any given day, them being them, but on a day where Chris Sale, who has struck out 110 batters in 78 innings, is pitching for the Red Sox, it's even less unlikely.

Unfortunately, with Chris Tillman pitching for the Orioles and looking the way that he has so far in 2017, this Sunday afternoon game is a whole lot closer to being "reverse lock" territory for the O's than it is to being some kind of competitive pitching matchup. Are we supposed to believe, after watching the Sox hitters wear out Dylan Bundy yesterday, that the 2017 edition of Tillman is going to be able to put any of these guys away?

Add to that the Orioles 6-10 record in day games compared to the Red Sox having a 15-8 record in day games and it's clear where the outcome of this game is headed. Really the only questions to be answered are whether Tillman will be able to complete at least five innings - he's not even averaging that much per start so far - and whether Sale will toss a no-hitter against the Orioles.

Today's Lineups

Mookie Betts - RF Joey Rickard - 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 Trey Mancini - LF
Pablo Sandoval - 3B Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Sandy Leon - C Francisco Pena - C
Deven Marrero - 2B J.J. Hardy - SS
Chris Sale - LHP Chris Tillman - RHP