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Sunday afternoon Orioles game thread: vs. Rays, 1:05

The Orioles didn’t have many chances like this last season, but with a win today they can sweep one of the better teams in the AL East.

Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

The Orioles game ended in dramatic fashion last night with a walk-off win in the bottom of the 11th courtesy of Pat Valaika. Last night was also the first time during the regular season that we, as Orioles fans, got to personally experience that odd extra innings rule of placing a runner on second base.

The O’s are on a two game winning streak and come into this afternoon’s finale against the Rays with a chance to sweep.

Yonny Chirinos will try to play stopper today for Tampa with his club in the midst of a four game losing streak that dates back to their prior series in Atlanta. Chirinos has faced the O’s three times (two starts) in his career, pitching to a 2.33 ERA over 19.1 total innings. In his lone 2020 start, the burly right-hander threw 68 pitches in four innings and gave up an unearned run.

Left-hander Tommy Milone will be making his second start of the season for the Orioles. He threw 57 pitches in three innings on Opening Day in Boston, allowing four runs, four hits, three walks and five strikeouts. At least he didn’t give up any home runs. In eight career games (five starts) against the Rays, Milone has a 6.75 ERA in 38.2 total innings.

Chris Davis and Jose Iglesias remain out of the lineup while Hanser Alberto gets to hit leadoff against a righty. Once again the O’s have two catchers in the batting order, with Pedro Severino behind the plate and Chance Sisco, who is 1-5 with four walks on the season, serving as designated hitter.

Orioles lineup

  1. Hanser Alberto 2B
  2. Anthony Santander RF
  3. Renato Nunez 1B
  4. Rio Ruiz 3B
  5. Pedro Severino C
  6. DJ Stewart LF
  7. Chance Sisco DH
  8. Andrew Velazquez SS
  9. Cedric Mullins CF

Tommy Milone LHP