Originally posted on Raise the Jolly Roger!  |  Last updated 6/12/12

Pirates (32-27) at Orioles (34-26)

7:05 PM EST–Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore

Here is the MLB.com Gameday

TV: ROOT Sports

The Pirates are in Baltimore for their first game action since reaching the top of the standings. If you’re up for some scoreboard watching, the Reds will be hosting Cleveland for a three game set starting tonight.

Surely you’ve heard about the Orioles, who are having quite a season themselves so far. It’s probably because of their awesome new logo. Or maybe it’s Steve Pearce, who is in the lineup and batting 8th tonight.  Baltimore sits just a game out of the ridiculous AL East, meaning that this should be a fun series between two surprise teams.

Tonight’s starters…

Brad Lincoln (3-1, 2.40) vs. Wei-Yin Chen (5-2, 3.49)

Lincoln is back for another start after his rough outing in Cincinnati last week because Jeff Karstens strained his hip flexor in his final rehab start. We’ll see if another week in the starter role will help Brad be more effective deeper into the game — he faltered in the fourth inning last time out.

Oddly enough, the Pirates are facing a pitcher named Chen for the second straight game. You may recall Chen’s name being tossed around a bit during the offseason, but he ended up in Baltimore and has done pretty well for the surprising O’s so far.

Chen’s a lefty, but Pedro Alvarez is in the lineup anyway (Garrett Jones is not). Matt Hauge is the DH tonight, and Casey McGehee will play first.  If you were hoping that Jeff Clement would get the call up to DH for this series, part of the reason that didn’t happen (yet, anyway) is probably because the Bucs face two lefties in Baltimore.

No Pirates have faced Chen, and no Orioles hitters have faced Lincoln.


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