Ryan Flaherty is getting another start at second base today, as manager Buck Showalter plays the hot hand.
Flaherty has homered in back-to-back games.
Also, Taylor Teagarden is behind the plate today, with Matt Wieters joining the reserves.
For the Orioles:
Nick Markakis RF
J.J. Hardy SS
Jim Thome DH
Adam Jones CF
Wilson Betemit 3B
Chris Davis LF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ryan Flaherty 2B
Taylor Teagarden C
Zach Britton LHP
Over his last six games, Thome is 9-for-26 (.346) with three doubles, two home runs, four RBIs and four runs scored.
Davis is batting .160 (15-for-94) in last 26 games since June 15.
The Orioles have won four straight games for the first time since they won five in a row from June 9-14 vs. the Phillies and Pirates, which was their longest winning streak of the season.
This is the first time that the Orioles won four straight on the road since May 16-19 at Kansas City and Washington.
This is the earliest that the Orioles have reached the 50-victory mark since 2005 (July 18).
The Orioles (37-0) and Pirates (46-0) are the only teams that are undefeated when leading after the seventh inning.
The Orioles are 14-31 when scoring three runs or fewer after going 10-54 in 2011. They’re 8-21 when scoring two runs or fewer after going 5-35 last year.
The Orioles are 33-14 in games decided by one (18-6) or two (15-8) runs, and they’re 7-0 in one-run games dating back to June 22.
For the Indians:
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Jason Kipnis 2B
Jose Lopez 3B
Michael Brantley CF
Carlos Santana 1B
Shelley Duncan DH
Lou Marson C
Aaron Cunningham LF
Josh Tomlin RHP