Scouting report: Orioles vs. Devil Rays

April 20, 2001|By JOE STRAUSS

At Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

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

Today ...... 7:15 p.m. ..... 13 .............Willis Roberts (1-0, 1.04)

.................................................vs. Bryan Rekar (0-1, 3.50)

Tomorrow ...4:15 p.m. .... 54, 50 .......... Jason Johnson (1-0, 2.45)

................................................ vs. Ryan Rupe (0-2, 7.53)

Sunday ..... 1:15 p.m. .... 54, 50 ......... Jose Mercedes (0-3, 9.77)

................................................ vs. Mike Judd (0-0, 1.08)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM)

Devil Rays update

The Orioles will encounter a more competitive team this weekend than last, if for no other reason than they have to. The Devil Rays somehow split last weekend's four-game series at Camden Yards despite a lethargic, sloppy performance that set the stage for manager Larry Rothschild's firing in Boston Wednesday. Former Kansas City Royals manager Hal McRae inherited the mess but will likely create a temporary energy burst. The Devil Rays entered last night having committed 19 errors worth 24 unearned runs. Their 4.73 ERA included 24 home runs allowed, second-most in the American League. Through 15 games, opponents outscored them 92-46. The Orioles outplayed the Devil Rays but couldn't overcome shaky starts by Chuck McElroy and Sidney Ponson. McElroy now appears headed to the bullpen and Ponson's elbow tendinitis landed him on the disabled list two days after the start. The Orioles reached Devil Rays pitching for 16 runs and three homers in 127 at-bats during the Camden Yards series. Against the rest of the league, the Orioles have scored 29 runs with two home runs.

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