Orioles pregame: Birds hoping Chen can lead them to series win in Atlanta

The Baltimore Sun

The Orioles are looking to continue their interleague success this season and get a series win with a victory this afternoon in Atlanta.

Left-hander  Wei-Yin Chen  takes the mound for the Orioles. He's struggled a bit on the road, going 2-2 with a 4.81 ERA and going six or more innings just twice in six road starts.

But with a Chen win, the Orioles could have two seven-game winners this early in the season for the first time since 1999, when Mike Mussina and Sidney Ponson both had seven by June 17.

The Orioles are 8-3 in interleague play this season and have won all three previous interleague series.

Brian Roberts will get his first day off since returning Tuesday. Don't worry. There's no setback and Roberts didn't ask for it. Showalter just wanted to give him a breather in a day-after-night game. Same for Matt Wieters

Here are the lineups:

Robert Andino 2B
JJ Hardy SS
Chris Davis RF
Adam Jones CF
Wilson Betemit 3B
Mark Reynolds 1B
Ronny Paulino C
Steve Pearce LF
Wei-Yin Chen P

Michael Bourn CF
Martin Prado 1B
Chipper Jones 3B
 Dan Uggla 2B
Matt Diaz LF
Jason Heyward RF
David Ross C
Andrelton Simmons SS
Randall Delgado P

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