Orioles and Athletics lineups and assorted notes

Lew Ford is starting in right field tonight, as manager Buck Showalters breaks out his right-handed lineup. However, left-handed hitting Chris Davis is the designated hitter.

Matt Wieters is behind the plate and batting fourth.

For the Orioles:
Nate McLouth LF
J.J. Hardy SS
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Lew Ford RF
Mark Reynolds 1B
Chris Davis DH
Manny Machado 3B
Robert Andino 2B

Joe Saunders LHP

For the Athletics:
Coco Crisp CF
Jonny Gomes DH
Josh Reddick RF
Yoenis Cespedes LF
Chris Carter 1B
Josh Donaldson 3B
Derek Norris C
Stephen Drew SS
Adam Rosales 2B

Tommy Milone LHP

Saunders is 13-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 19 career starts against the Athletics. He’s 6-1 with a 2.47 ERA and five quality starts in seven outings in Oakland.

Saunders’ .765 winning percentage against the A’s since 2005 is the best in baseball. In his last four starts against them, he’s 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA, two complete games and one shutout.

Saunders is 13-18 with a 5.43 ERA in 38 career starts in August and 17-8 with a 3.90 ERA in 35 career starts in September.

No one on the Orioles’ current roster has faced Milone. Ronny Paulino is 1-for-3, but he’s not with the club.

The Orioles are 64-18 when their starting pitchers go six innings or more.

The Orioles are 24-14 in games when their opponent starts a left-hander. Their last winning record against southpaw starters came in 1997 (33-19).

The Orioles are 12-16 record against the American League West, 69-46 against the rest of baseball.

The Orioles have 39 road wins this year, nine more than 2011 and their most since 2004, when they won 40. The O’s have 12 road games left, including tonight. The 39 wins are fourth in the AL behind Texas, New York and Oakland’s 40.

Also from Orioles’ PR: The Orioles have played the most innings in all of baseball (1,303). The A’s have played the fourth-most(1296) in the majors and the second-most in the AL. The Nationals rank second in the majors with 1,302.

Two Orioles farmhands will be playing in qualifying tournaments next week in hopes of reaching the 2013 World Baseball Classic. Outfielder Robbie Widlansky will play for Team Israel and outfielder Steven Bumbry, son of Orioles Hall of Famer Al Bumbry, will play for Team England.

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