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Tuesday night Orioles game thread: at Blue Jays, 7:07

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It took five hours and 25 minutes for the Orioles to lose last night. Hopefully tonight they’ll win, or at least lose more quickly.

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Take it away, Europe:

We’re leaving together,
But still it’s farewell
And maybe we’ll come back
To earth, who can tell?
I guess there is no one to blame
We’re leaving ground (leaving ground)
Will things ever be the same again?
It’s the final countdown

We’re nearing the finish line of the 2019 Orioles season, folks. You can now count the number of games remaining on one hand, assuming you’re not Mordecai Brown. Tonight is the fifth to last contest, as the O’s attempt to redeem themselves from last night’s interminable 15-inning walkoff loss to the Blue Jays.

Dylan Bundy takes the mound in what may or may not be his final start of the year. Thanks to the O’s off day on Thursday, he could come back on regular rest to start Sunday’s season finale. Or not. Either way, Bundy will likely finish this season with a better ERA than last year’s 5.45. He enters tonight with a 4.89 mark, so he just needs to avoid a complete meltdown in however many starts he has left.

Jays scheduled starter Anthony Kay was scratched and replaced by fellow lefty Thomas Pannone, who’s working on zero days’ rest after pitching an inning in that 15-inning marathon. So don’t look for him to pitch deep into the game.

The O’s changed their scheduled lineup after Kay was scratched, opting to give both Hanser Alberto and Anthony Santander a breather and return Richie Martin to the bench. Lefty swingers Rio Ruiz, Dwight Smith Jr., and DJ Stewart, who weren’t in the original lineup, will now start in their place.

Orioles lineup:

SS Jonathan Villar
CF Austin Hays
1B Trey Mancini
DH Renato Nunez
3B Rio Ruiz
LF Dwight Smith Jr.
RF DJ Stewart
2B Stevie Wilkerson
C Austin Wynns

RHP Dylan Bundy