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Saturday afternoon Orioles game thread: vs. Red Sox, 4:05

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The Orioles face a red-hot Chris Sale Saturday afternoon, while Dylan Bundy looks to calm a powerful Boston offense.

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Baltimore Orioles Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

After last night’s monstrosity, maybe Boston’s bats are out of power. The Red Sox took advantage of Baltimore’s lack of pitching depth, and blasted six home runs in a 13-2 victory last night. You can catch up on how that all played out with Mark Brown’s recap from last night.

Today, the Orioles will send out a pitcher actually worthy of starting in the Major Leagues. Dylan Bundy’s 3-7 record and 4.50 ERA don’t exactly jump of the page, but the righty has pitched well after some hiccups back in April. He allowed only two earned runs in six innings his last time out, but took a tough loss against the Astros. Bundy has not allowed more than three runs since April 28, but has allowed six home runs in his last six starts.

The Red Sox will counter with Chris Sale, who enters the series red hot. After a complete-game shutout against the Royals on June 5, Sale followed with seven shutout innings against Texas his last time out. His 2-7 record may be even uglier than Bundy’s, but the Red Sox have the pitching advantage in this one.

Hanser Alberto will lead off the game after leaving last night with an illness. Trey Mancini will play first, while Renato Núñez serves as the designated hitter. Keon Broxton will play up the middle, while Anthony Santander and Stevie Wilkerson round out the outfield. Pedro Severino will catch Bundy. Jimmy Yacabonis should be available out of the bullpen after taking the shuttle back to Baltimore.

For Baltimore:

  1. Hanser Alberto 3B
  2. Trey Mancini 1B
  3. Pedro Severino C
  4. Renato Núñez DH
  5. Anthony Santander RF
  6. Jonathan Villar 2B
  7. Keon Broxton CF
  8. Stevie Wilkerson LF
  9. Richie Martin SS

Dylan Bundy RHP