Play It Again

April 30, 2008|By DAN CONNOLLY

Play it again

A recap of the Orioles' 7-4 victory over the Rays:


Aubrey Huff did it again against his former team. This time, Huff hit a 425-foot, two-run homer to center field against the Tampa Bay Rays' Scott Dohmann in the sixth inning. It was his 20th homer as an Oriole, and, incredibly, nine of them have come against Tampa Bay, the club that drafted Huff in 1998. In 86 at-bats against the Rays, he is batting .326 with 20 RBIs.


Adam Jones did an accidental somersault on his way home on Ramon Hernandez's double in the third, and the impromptu gymnastics cost the Orioles a run. The speedy Jones, who was on first base when Hernandez slashed a double to right, flew around the bases and was following Huff to the plate when Jones slipped and tumbled halfway down the third base line. He tried to collect himself and score, but Tampa Bay second baseman Akinori Iwamura threw a strike to catcher Dioner Navarro to nab Jones.


Tampa Bay right fielder Eric Hinske, a converted infielder, saved two runs in the second with a highlight-reel catch. With two on and two out, Kevin Millar hit a slicing liner that Hinske dived for and grabbed to end the inning.


Tampa Bay's Andy Sonnanstine will be making his fourth appearance against the Orioles and his first this year when he takes the Camden Yards mound tonight. Sonnanstine is 3-1 with a 5.28 ERA this season but is 1-2 with an 8.04 ERA against the Orioles in three career appearances, all in 2007. The last time he faced the Orioles, Sonnanstine was the winner in the Rays' 17-2 win at Tropicana Field in September, the organization's largest margin of victory in its history. Matt Albers will start for the Orioles.

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