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Friday night Orioles game thread: vs Red Sox, 7:05

Matt Harvey pitches for the Orioles tonight as they welcome the Red Sox for a four-game set. It’s not a John Means no-hitter, but it could still be fun.

Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

It turns out that John Means cannot pitch every single game, which is unfortunate and the Orioles should rethink that strategy. But watching Matt Harvey pitch has been pretty fun recently. He has won three straight starts and has his season ERA down to 4.06, the lowest it’s been since Opening Day.

Harvey has already faced this Red Sox lineup twice. In total he has thrown 9.2 innings and allowed six runs on 13 hits, two walks, and nine strikeouts. It could have gone better overall. Fortunately, the O’s ‘pen is fresh because, and I don’t know if you’ve heard this, but the most recent Orioles starting pitcher threw a no-hitter in their last game. It was pretty cool.

It’s possible that this game doesn’t even happen. It’s rainy in the Baltimore area, and it’s expected to continue raining for a few hours. With the Red Sox in town for four days there is time to squeeze in a double-header this weekend.

Orioles Starting Lineup

  1. Cedric Mullins, CF
  2. Austin Hays, RF
  3. Trey Mancini, DH
  4. Pedro Severino, C
  5. Maikel Franco, 3B
  6. Ryan Mountcastle, LF
  7. Freddy Galvis, SS
  8. Pat Valaika, 1B
  9. Ramón Urías, 2B

RHP Matt Harvey

Red Sox Starting Lineup

  1. Marwin Gonzalez, 2B
  2. Alex Vedrugo, CF
  3. J.D. Martinez, DH
  4. Xander Bogaerts, SS
  5. Rafael Devers, 3B
  6. Christian Vázquez, C
  7. Hunter Renfroe, RF
  8. Franchy Cordero, LF
  9. Bobby Dalbec, 1B

LHP Eduardo Rodriguez