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Gamethread 8/13: Orioles at Phillies

Top prospect Alec Bohm is playing third and batting 6th!

MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia Phillies John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Is it too early for a “must win”?

The upstart Orioles may still wind up at the bottom of the standings by the end of the season, but for now they’re above .500 and causing trouble.

The Phillies would very much like to avoid falling to 5-9, since they only have 46 games on the schedule after today (and that’s if they get them all in).

For the Phillies, and Alec Bohm’s debut:

With the newest Phil at third base, Jean Segura moves to second to give Scott Kingery a day off, and Neil Walker fills in for Rhys Hoskins at first:

For the Orioles: the Phillies will be facing former prospect Tom Eshelman (acquired in the Ken Giles trade).

Here’s Eshelman from the Jan 29 2015 issue of Baseball America magazine. It was a “back to the 70s” theme for the 40th anniversary of Fullerton’s baseball program.

Eshelman (blue shirt), with Justin Garza: