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Game #17 GameThread: Maybe Donaldson can be the Bringer of Purple Rain tonight

Tulo looks like one of those old action figures whose joints didn't work right.
Tulo looks like one of those old action figures whose joints didn't work right.
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The rubber match of the 3 game series with the Orioles. The first two games were close ones, I'd be ok if we scored 15 today Jays.

Justin Smoak starts the game in the lineup, likely to be pinch hit for late in the game. Kidding.

Marco Estrada gets his 3rd start of the season, he's been very good, except for one inning in his last start, but that one went bad after he took a ground ball off the legs.

Chris Tillman makes his 4 start. He is 1-1 with a 5.11 ERA. He's only pitched 12.1 innings, allowing 13 hits, 1 home runs,3 walks, with 11 strikeouts.

Jesse Chavez is unavailable again, with the sore back, though he says he is feeling better. I'd guess that Gavin Floyd wouldn't be able to go today.

If you were wondering:

It did look like Thole was expecting a different pitch.

Today's Lineups

Michael Saunders - LF Joey Rickard - LF
Josh Donaldson - 3B Manny Machado - 3B
Jose Bautista - RF Adam Jones - CF
Edwin Encarnacion - DH Chris Davis - 1B
Troy Tulowitzki - SS Mark Trumbo - DH
Russell Martin - C Matt Wieters - C
Justin Smoak - 1B J.J. Hardy - SS
Kevin Pillar - CF Jonathan Schoop - 2B
Ryan Goins - 2B Nolan Reimold - RF
Marco Estrada - RHP Chris Tillman - RHP


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