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Sat. afternoon game thread: vs. Indians, 4:05

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The Orioles have a chance to win two games in a row for the second time this year. But that's only if Chris Tillman cooperates.

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"We won a game yesterday. If we win one today, that’s two in a row. If we win one tomorrow, that’s called a winning streak. It has happened before." — Lou Brown

The Orioles have finally gotten another win under their belts, snapping their six-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Indians in Friday’s series opener. Now, they’ll attempt to garner a second consecutive win for the first time in two weeks.

And if they can win today? They’ll go for Lou Brown’s winning streak on Sunday, attempting to notch three straight victories for the first time since last August.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Today’s game will be hard enough. Chris Tillman, who has looked utterly lost on the mound for over a year, is once again toeing the rubber for the Orioles. If it’s any consolation, he’s facing a slumping Indians offense that has scored the second-fewest runs (57) in the AL, and also has the worst team batting average (.207), OBP (.282) and SLG (.341).

That might not be much consolation. Well, I tried.

The Orioles will be without their leadoff man, and one of their few hot hitters, Trey Mancini, who injured his right knee sliding into a brick wall while chasing a foul ball Friday. Mancini got sutures in his knee and hopes to be back in the lineup in a couple of days after the swelling subsides. In the meantime, Craig Gentry is filling in for Mancini in left field and the leadoff role.

Today's Lineups

CLEVELAND INDIANS BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Francisco Lindor - SS Craig Gentry - LF
Jason Kipnis - 2B Pedro Alvarez - DH
Jose Ramirez - 3B Manny Machado - SS
Michael Brantley - LF Adam Jones - CF
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Chris Davis - 1B
Yonder Alonso - 1B Tim Beckham - 3B
Yan Gomes - C Anthony Santander - RF
Tyler Naquin - RF Chance Sisco - C
Bradley Zimmer - CF Luis Sardinas - 2B
Mike Clevinger - RHP Chris Tillman - RHP