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Sunday afternoon Orioles game thread: at Blue Jays, 1:07

The Orioles will try to avoid a sweep coming out of the All-Star break on Sunday afternoon against the Blue Jays. Could they do it? Sure, but probably not.

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The pitiless march of the 2018 season continues. It cares not for the struggles of the Orioles. No matter how much they play poorly in one game, there will still be another game the next day or the day after.

Couldn't hit against the 5+ ERA Marcus Stroman? Here's J.A. Happ! Post-Manny Machado shortstop defense has cost two consecutive games? Who else but Tim Beckham will keep trying to pick up that mantle? Renato Nunez is back at third base too, because for now there's no one else. Oh, and the outfield consists of Jace Peterson, Joey Rickard, and Danny Valencia, with Adam Jones getting what's probably a routine day off so that he doesn't have to run around on the carpet for three straight days.

The Orioles are 28-71, for crying out loud. It is mind-blowing how bad they are. I have watched so many games and still don't understand it. But believe it or not, it just keeps happening. There is no improvement. The young guys who might be more interesting to watch are not here yet. There is just a busted roster assembled by what at times sounds like a catastrophically dysfunctional brain trust whose future with the team is not guaranteed beyond the end of the season.

Andrew Cashner comes back from the disabled list to make this start. I wish that the emotion this piece of news chiefly made me feel was not resignation.

Today's Lineups

Tim Beckham - SS Curtis Granderson - RF
Joey Rickard - CF Randal Grichuk - CF
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Justin Smoak - 1B
Danny Valencia - RF Kendrys Morales - DH
Mark Trumbo - DH Yangervis Solarte - 3B
Renato Nunez - 3B Russell Martin - C
Trey Mancini - 1B Dwight Smith - LF
Caleb Joseph - C Aledmys Diaz - SS
Jace Peterson - LF Lourdes Gurriel - 2B
Andrew Cashner - RHP J.A. Happ - LHP