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Sunday afternoon Orioles game thread: vs Blue Jays, 1:05

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A victory over the Blue Jays today would give the Orioles a series win for the first time since the beginning of June.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Baltimore Orioles
The Orioles Maikel Franco holds back coach Fredi Gonzalez during yesterday’s bench-clearing incident against the Blue Jays.
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Having split the past two games against Toronto, the Orioles have a chance to win the series today. Tempers flared and the benches emptied yesterday when Blue Jays rookie Alek Manoah plunked Maikel Franco following back-to-back Orioles home runs, so it will be interesting to see if there is any lingering bad blood today.

Orioles starter Matt Harvey gets another chance to right himself, having put up a 12.18 ERA in his past five starts, which includes a 17.05 ERA in his past two. For what it’s worth, Harvey has a slightly lower ERA at home (6.91) this year than he does on the road (8.51).

Left-hander Hyun Jin Ryu gets the ball for the Jays, and in three career starts against the O’s he’s allowed eight runs (six earned) and 19 hits over 18 innings. This will be the first time he faces the O’s in 2021, but in 12 career innings pitched at Camden Yards, the lefty has a 4.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP. Ryu’s most recent outing came against the Yankees when he allowed three runs and five hits over six innings.

Pat Valaika, who’s batting ninth and playing second base for the O’s, is hitting .364 with a home run in 11 career at-bats against Ryu. Freddy Galvis has the same career batting average in the same number of at-bats against the Jays’ left-hander.

Orioles lineup

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

RHP Matt Harvey