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Sunday afternoon Orioles game thread: at Twins, 2:10

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Alex Cobb goes to the mound for the Orioles as they try to avoid a sixth consecutive defeat. Will this be Manny Machado’s final game with ththe Birds?

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If you are still watching this team MOST days then my hat is off to you. The Orioles are bad, really, really bad. They know this, and it has to be frustrating for the players to go out every single day and feel like you are probably going to lose. The thing is, it is going to get worse.

Even if these guys manage to go .500 for the remainder of the year (HA!), they are going to lose 100 games. It is more likely that they lose many more than that. This is how the team is performing with Manny Machado and a starting pitching staff that, despite its deficiencies, has remained remarkably healthy. Machado is going to be gone in a couple of weeks, and it feels like a matter of time before someone in the rotation misses significant time. Add potential departures of Adam Jones, Danny Valenica and Brad Brach on top that and it could get ugly real quick!

On the other hand, these moves should expedite the arrival of some young guns from the minors, which would give the Birdland faithful something to look forward to.

Today's Lineups

BALTIMORE ORIOLES MINNESOTA TWINS
Tim Beckham - 3B Jorge Polanco - SS
Adam Jones - CF Eddie Rosario - LF
Manny Machado - SS Brian Dozier - 2B
Mark Trumbo - DH Eduardo Escobar - 3B
Chris Davis - 1B Logan Morrison - 1B
Jonathan Schoop - 2B Robbie Grossman - DH
Danny Valencia - RF Max Kepler - RF
Trey Mancini - LF Mitch Garver - C
Caleb Joseph - C Jake Cave - CF
Alex Cobb - RHP Jake Odorizzi - RHP