Scouting report: Devil Rays at Orioles

August 31, 1999|By Joe Strauss

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day .................Time ............TV ...............................Starters

Tonight ...........7: 35 .........13, 50 .....................Ryan Rupe (7-7, 4.78) vs.

........................................ ..................................Sidney Ponson (11-9, 4.24)

Tomorrow .......7: 05 ...........HTS ......................Undecided vs. Doug Johns

........................................ ..................................(3-2, 5.04)

Thursday ........7: 05 ...........HTS ......................Rolando Arrojo (4-9, 4.79) vs.

........................................ ..................................Scott Erickson (10-11, 5.18)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) and WTOP (1500 AM)

Devil Rays update

Searching for motivation as the season enters its final fifth, the Orioles begin a seven-game homestand tonight against the problematic Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The matchup has last-place implications as the Devil Rays enter Camden Yards with one of the league's best records the last four weeks. The Rays are 15-9 since Aug. 4 and have already clinched their first winning month in franchise history. Only 9-23 against first-place teams, the Rays have won six of nine against the Orioles this season, though the Orioles won their most recent series, Aug. 9-11, in St. Petersburg. The Devil Rays, second in the AL in runs scored, carry a .313 average against Orioles pitching. No other opponent has enjoyed such success. However, pitching has recently carried them. Entering Sunday, Devil Rays starters had 16 quality starts in their last 18 games. Wilson Alvarez and Rolando Arrojo have combined for 15 starts since the All-Star break. They've allowed three earned runs or fewer in 14 of those starts. Designated hitter Jose Canseco is considered day-to-day after experiencing a recurrence of back pain. Having undergone back surgery last month, Canseco hasn't appeared in a road game since July 9. First baseman Fred McGriff needs only two home runs to become the second player in major-league history to hit 30 for four different teams (Toronto, San Diego, Atlanta, Tampa Bay). Canseco (Oakland, Toronto, Boston, Tampa Bay) is the other. McGriff would also become the 16th player to enjoy eight 30-homer seasons. Albert Belle is on the same quest. -- (Devil Rays statistics, 6D)

Pub Date: 8/31/99

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