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Hyun-jin Ryu faces tough test in lefty-mashing Orioles

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The Baltimore lineup could post a tough test against Dodgers left-handed starter Hyun-jin Ryu on Friday night.

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Hyun-jin Ryu looks to stop the bleeding Friday night for the Dodgers, who have lost four straight games. The southpaw will have his work cut out for him as the Orioles have been one of the best in MLB this season at hitting left-handed pitchers.

The Orioles have hit .274/.321/.497 against southpaws this season, with only Oakland and Cincinnati posting a better OPS.

Orioles lineup vs LHP
Player vs LHP in 2013
Markakis RF (L) 6-for-23 (.261), two BB
Machado 3B 4-for-19 (.211), 2B
Jones CF 5-for-16 (.313), three 2B, HR
Wieters C (S) 6-for-16 (.375), two 2B, HR, two BB
Davis 1B (L) 6-for-20 (.300), two HR
Hardy SS 6-for-17 (.353), three 2B, two HR
Pearce DH 1-for-10 (.100), HR
Reimold LF 4-for-15 (.267), HR
Casilla 2B (S) 4-for-11 (.364), two 2B, BB

Ryu has allowed right-handers to hit .328/.350/.414 through three starts this year, so the Baltimore lineup with seven right-handers (well, five and two switch-hitters) could be a problem. Left-handed batters are 0-for-13 against Ryu with a walk and seven strikeouts, so Nick Markakis and Chris Davis will have their hands full with Ryu.

Starting Lineups

Dodgers Orioles
DH Crawford (L) RF Markakis (L)
2B Ellis 3B Machado
CF Kemp CF Jones
1B Gonzalez (L) C Wieters (S)
RF Ethier (L) 1B Davis (L)
C Hernandez SS Hardy
LF Schumaker (L) DH Pearce
3B Cruz LF Reimold
SS Sellers 2B Casilla (S)

Game info

Time: 4:05 p.m.

TV: Prime Ticket

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