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Thursday afternoon Orioles game thread: vs. Yankees, 1:35

The Orioles and Yankees will finally finish their series on Thursday afternoon. With a win, the O's could end the night tied for the second AL wild card spot.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images

Yesterday's rain has turned today's off day into an afternoon game. Hope you enjoyed last night! Hey, at least the Orioles postponed the game early so there was no suspense about it.

The sky is much clearer today. Perhaps Yankees starter Sonny Gray was able to keep the clouds away after all. Now let's hope he's on his way to giving up seven earned runs. Gray has been quite good since the Yankees traded for him, with a 3.16 ERA in six starts. He's holding batters to a .203 average and has pitched at least six innings in five of the six starts.

That's not a guy you would prefer to see the Orioles facing in the last home game before they go out on a ten game road trip. Seriously, next after this is Cleveland, a team that has now won 14 straight games. The O's need to get another win in the bank. With a win and a Twins loss, the O's would end up in a three-way tie for the second AL wild card spot at the end of today.

Starting for the O's is Kevin Gausman, who's working on a pretty good stretch of starts himself. Though Gausman was dismal against the Yankees earlier in the year, he's apparently made an adjustment since then, with a 3.12 post-All-Star break ERA. Let's hope the changes serve him against the Yankees.

Today's Lineups

Brett Gardner - LF Tim Beckham - SS
Chase Headley - 1B Manny Machado - 3B
Starlin Castro - 2B Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Didi Gregorius - SS Adam Jones - CF
Aaron Judge - RF Trey Mancini - LF
Matt Holliday - DH Chris Davis - 1B
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Mark Trumbo - DH
Todd Frazier - 3B Seth Smith - RF
Austin Romine - C Caleb Joseph - C
Sonny Gray - RHP Kevin Gausman - RHP