Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Is this the day that the Orioles’ offense breaks out and offers sufficient run support for its starting pitcher?

The Orioles are batting .180 (17-for-94) in the first two games of this series and .193 (59-for-305) in the eight games on this road trip. They’ve scored four runs or fewer in 14 of their last 18 games.

Adam Jones leads the American League with a .360 average (77-for-214) in day games this season (minimum 175 plate appearances), while Scott Feldman has posted the third-lowest ERA in the majors at 2.07 in day game starts this year (minimum eight starts).

We’re inside a dome, but trust me, it’s morning.

Manny Machado is leading off again today against a left-hander, Enny Romero, who’s making his major league debut. Jones is batting second.

For the Orioles
Manny Machado 3B
Adam Jones CF
Chris Davis 1B
Danny Valencia DH
Matt Wieters C
J.J. Hardy SS
Nick Markakis RF
Michael Morse LF
Brian Roberts 2B

Scott Feldman RHP

For the Rays
David DeJesus LF
Desmond Jennings CF
Ben Zobrist 2B
Evan Longoria 3B
Matt Joyce DH
Wil Myers RF
James Loney 1B
Jose Lobaton C
Yunel Escobar SS

Enny Romero LHP

Shameless plug alert: I’ll be doing a live hit from Tropicana Field for “O’s Xtra” that begins at 1 p.m. on MASN2 HD.

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