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Preview: Cardinals (84-68) at Orioles (91-60)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
Date: August 10, 2014 1:35 PM EDT
  

With the most home runs in the majors, the Baltimore Orioles have their fair share of sluggers capable of hitting the ball out of the park.

None are doing it any better than rookie catcher Caleb Joseph right now, though.

Joseph has a chance to tie the franchise record for homers in consecutive games Sunday when the red-hot Orioles seek to complete a sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals.

An interleague matchup with the Cardinals has done nothing to slow down the Orioles (67-49), who have homered nine times in winning the first two games by a combined 22-5 score. Baltimore, which has won seven straight series for the first time since taking eight in a row in 1993, leads the AL East by six games, its largest margin since September 1997.

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Joseph delivered one of the Orioles' three homers in Saturday's 10-3 victory, going deep for the fifth consecutive game to set the team record for catchers. The club record for homers in successive games is six, set by Reggie Jackson (1976) and matched by Chris Davis (2012).

'Maybe seven, eight months ago I was thinking about hanging it up,' said Joseph, who was in his eighth minor league season before his major league debut in May. 'Every day in the big leagues is such a blessing, and especially to be on this team with this group of guys and to be in first place.'

Nelson Cruz added his 30th homer and Delmon Young also connected to help Baltimore move a season-best 18 games over .500.

The Orioles have 147 home runs, including 18 over the last eight games.

'This is a team that is swinging the bat well,' Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. 'When you have some confidence in the entire lineup, it doesn't matter who is pitching.'

J.J. Hardy went 2 for 4 after he went deep twice in Friday's 12-2 rout. Baltimore's shortstop is 11 for 23 (.478) with seven RBIs in his last six games.

The Cardinals (61-54) likely can't wait to be done with interleague play after Saturday's loss dropped them to 7-12. They've lost six of the last eight against the AL, averaging 2.4 runs while batting .222.

They'll try to get their offense going against Kevin Gausman (6-3, 3.77 ERA), who seeks a third straight winning start for the Orioles.

Since getting hit hard in a loss at Oakland on July 20, the right-hander has gone 2-0 with a 3.20 ERA in his past three outings. He wasn't at his best Monday at Washington but limited the Nationals to three runs and eight hits over six innings in a 7-3 victory.

'I definitely had to grind through that one,' he said. 'I think it was kind of huge to get through six there."

Gausman is 4-1 with a 3.30 ERA in his last five home starts, allowing only two homers in 30 innings over that stretch.

Lance Lynn (11-8, 2.89) looks to continue an excellent run of pitching for St. Louis. The right-hander has posted a 1.63 ERA and a .204 opponents' batting average in his last six starts but is 3-2 in that span while receiving just 13 runs of support.

He limited Boston to one earned run and four hits over seven innings Tuesday before leaving without a decision in a 3-2 victory. That was the sixth straight start in which he lasted at least six innings and allowed two runs or fewer.

Lynn is 1-2 despite a 1.32 ERA in four interleague starts this season.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Cardinals at Orioles
Fri, Aug 8 Final 2 to 12
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
Cardinals at Orioles
Sat, Aug 9 Final 3 to 10
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 3
Cardinals at Orioles
Sun, Aug 10 Final 8 to 3
 Boxscores    Recaps

 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 STL  +120   -180   8.5 
 BAL  -130   +160   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 STL  +122   -185   8.5 
 BAL  -132   +160   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 STL  46%   66%   12% 
 BAL  54%   34%   88% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Aug 9, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 3 Over: 13 
 BAL 10 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps
 Aug 8, 2014  Score  ATS Results 
 STL 2 Over: 14 
 BAL 12 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Boxscores    Recaps

 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Aug 10
 
    Indians at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Marlins at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Cardinals at Orioles
1:35 PM EDT
    Mets at Phillies
1:35 PM EDT
    Padres at Pirates
1:35 PM EDT
    Giants at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    Rangers at Astros
2:10 PM EDT
    Rays at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Angels
3:35 PM EDT
    Twins at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    White Sox at Mariners
4:10 PM EDT
    Rockies at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Nationals at Braves
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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