Is tonight a “big” game? (updated)

The Yankees beat the Twins 8-2 today, dropping the Orioles two games back in the American League East.

Big start tonight for Miguel Gonzalez. Big game for the Orioles, who have lost three of four.


“You can find somebody in the locker room every night to tell you this is a big game,” said manager Buck Showalter. “I know who’s not going to say that.”

That would be Showalter.

“Believe me, I’ve got a grip on reality, but what are you going to do? It is what it is,” Showalter said.

“It’s something they have created by the way they’ve played the game and the way they’ve gone about their business and the things they have done to create this opportunity, and they are the ones who have filled up the glass, so why would I not trust that? I don’t see the logic behind it.

“I’ve found through the years that it’s real easy to have faith in good people, who have sincerity about themselves and care. We’ll see what the game has in store for all of us. It lets you up off the deck if you stay true to it.”

As for the rotation this weekend, the Red Sox’s game notes list Chris Tillman as Friday night’s starter for the Orioles, followed by Steve Johnson on Saturday. Sunday is TBA. The Orioles still haven’t sent out their notes.

The Red Sox will start Aaron Cook on Friday, Felix Doubront on Saturday and Zach Stewart on Sunday.

Update: As expected, the Orioles also list Tillman for Friday and Johnson for Saturday.

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