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Saturday afternoon gamethread: @ Astros, 4:10 pm

It’s Cashner vs Valdez in Houston

Baltimore Orioles v Texas Rangers Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images

The Orioles and Astros are at it again this afternoon. The Orioles played a close game yesterday, losing in extra innings when Chance Sisco couldn’t handle the throw home. That probably won’t happen again today. For one thing, the Orioles aren’t really good enough to play competitive baseball with the Astros two days in a row. For another, Sisco isn’t playing. Pedro Severino and Jonathan Villar are healthy enough to be back in the starting lineups!

The pitching match up is Andrew Cashner vs Framber Valdez. This is Valdez’s first start of the season after competing for the position in spring training and losing. I’m sure that doesn’t mean he’s bad, though. This is the Astros after all.

Orioles Lineup

1. Hanser Alberto (R) 3B

2. Trey Mancini (R) 1B

3. Renato Núñez (R) DH

4. Pedro Severino (R) C

5. Jonathan Villar (S) 2B

6. Anthony Santander (S) RF

7. Keon Broxton (R) CF

8. Stevie Wilkerson (S) LF

9. Richie Martin (R) SS

Astros Lineup

1. Derek Fisher (L) LF

2. Alex Bregman (R) 3B

3. Michael Brantley (L) DH

4. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B

5. Josh Reddick (L) RF

6. Jake Marisnick (R) CF

7. Tony Kemp (L) 2B

8. Garrett Stubbs (L) C

9. Jack Mayfield (R) SS