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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
[ Back for its second year, "Down the Stretch" is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming night for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues. ] About last night O's offensive struggles continue in 3-1 loss Team willl face a decision on Scott Feldman O's want to finish as windshield, not bug Team has lived and died with the home run Sunday's full scoreboard AL wild-card standings TB        86-69     -- CLE      86-70     -- TEX      84-71    1.5 KC       82-73    3.5 BAL      81-74    4.5 NYY     82-74      4 (For full standings, click here .)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman continues to show that he has grown from the flame-throwing pitcher he was in his previous major league stints to a much more polished starter who can use all his pitches to limit damage. Gausman, 23, survived a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the first inning Wednesday, carefully dissecting Tampa Bay Rays hitters and making sure he didn't give them anything to hit that could have led to a big inning. He kept the ball low in the zone, using his split-finger changeup to strike out both James Loney and Ben Zobrist for the first two outs before getting an inning-ending flyout.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2010
The Orioles ran out of comebacks. A day after erasing a four-run deficit and winning in the 13th inning, the Orioles dug themselves out of an early four-run hole to tie the game before falling, 5-4, to the Tampa Bay Rays before an announced 19,286 today at sun-drenched Camden Yards. The Rays scored the winning run in the sixth inning when Jason Berken issued a bases-loaded, two-out walk to Evan Longoria. It was the Orioles' fifth loss in six games since the All-Star break, and they are just 2-7 against Tampa Bay this season.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | September 23, 2013
[ Back for its second year, "Down the Stretch" is a daily Orioles Insider blog that will set up the coming night for the O's and their American League competition as the push for the postseason continues. ] About last night O's offensive struggles continue in 3-1 loss Team willl face a decision on Scott Feldman O's want to finish as windshield, not bug Team has lived and died with the home run Sunday's full scoreboard AL wild-card standings TB        86-69     -- CLE      86-70     -- TEX      84-71    1.5 KC       82-73    3.5 BAL      81-74    4.5 NYY     82-74      4 (For full standings, click here .)
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2010
There's a certain stigma associated with the word "spoiler" in baseball. It means a team isn't good enough to be in playoff contention so it must derive satisfaction from beating successful clubs. Frankly, the Orioles haven't played well enough down the stretch in the last decade to warrant the spoiler tag, routinely stumbling in August and September against contenders. Under new manager Buck Showalter, however, the Orioles have already turned in their first winning August in 13 years and now, with their 8-7 victory over the American League Wild Card-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, they seem to be inching closer toward spoiler status.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | April 9, 2010
To understand how close young starter Brian Matusz was from getting yanked in the third inning of the Orioles' eventual 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night, consider the following: "Let me just say that I had more than one foot on the top step [of the dugout]," manager Dave Trembley said. New closer Michael Gonzalez's leash wasn't much longer in the ninth. Matusz steadied and gutted through five innings when it looked as if he might not be around to get an out in the third.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2011
The Orioles stuck to their usual September story line on Monday night, opening the first full series of the month here against a division rival that came into Camden Yards on a roll and bursting with incentive to mop the infield with the last-place home team. This time, it was the Tampa Bay Rays, who just swept the Boston Red Sox to re-assert themselves as a legitimate wild card contender and need badly to stay on a roll in Baltimore to keep their once-faint playoff hopes alive.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman continues to show that he has grown from the flame-throwing pitcher he was in his previous major league stints to a much more polished starter who can use all his pitches to limit damage. Gausman, 23, survived a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the first inning Wednesday, carefully dissecting Tampa Bay Rays hitters and making sure he didn't give them anything to hit that could have led to a big inning. He kept the ball low in the zone, using his split-finger changeup to strike out both James Loney and Ben Zobrist for the first two outs before getting an inning-ending flyout.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - In his first opportunity as an Opening Day starter, Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel allowed just three hits and three runs in six innings and picked up his first victory in 32 outings at his old home, Tropicana Field. And yet afterward he was far from happy. "Overall, I was pretty bad today," said Hammel, who walked one, struck out two and retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced Tuesday. "Just uncharacteristically wild with the fastball. Seventy-five pitches after six innings.
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By Dan Connolly and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 12, 2011
The Orioles were one out away from winning another series from the division rival Tampa Bay Rays, from tying their season high for consecutive wins and from getting back to an even record for the first time since May 26. But closer Kevin Gregg couldn't close it out in the ninth and reliever Jeremy Accardo allowed several key hits as the Rays beat the Orioles, 7-5, in 11 innings Saturday night. "We have been so good closing out games recently that it is tough," said Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie, who allowed three runs in six innings and left with a chance to win. "We are not going to always have everything go well for us and perfect.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - In his first opportunity as an Opening Day starter, Orioles right-hander Jason Hammel allowed just three hits and three runs in six innings and picked up his first victory in 32 outings at his old home, Tropicana Field. And yet afterward he was far from happy. "Overall, I was pretty bad today," said Hammel, who walked one, struck out two and retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced Tuesday. "Just uncharacteristically wild with the fastball. Seventy-five pitches after six innings.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles needed a starting pitching performance to remember Saturday night. They needed something to restore faith in their rotation, something to help stop their sudden swoon. Brian Matusz was up for the challenge. The 25-year-old left-hander turned in his best performance of the season Saturday at Tropicana Field, throwing a season-high 7 1/3 innings of two-hit ball in a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay, lifting the Orioles back into a first-place tie with the Rays atop the American League East.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2012
The Orioles had a chance to earn their first three-game sweep of the Rays at Camden Yards since 2007 on Sunday afternoon. But more importantly, they could have gone up three games on division rival Tampa Bay - a monumental accomplishment considering the Rays came to Baltimore on Friday tied with the Orioles atop the American League East standings. The Orioles' Opening Day starter, right-hander Jake Arrieta, saw it as an opportunity to seize. But after his shortest start in nearly a year, the 26-year-old admitted he went to the mound Sunday trying to do too much.
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By Peter Schmuck, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2011
The Orioles stuck to their usual September story line on Monday night, opening the first full series of the month here against a division rival that came into Camden Yards on a roll and bursting with incentive to mop the infield with the last-place home team. This time, it was the Tampa Bay Rays, who just swept the Boston Red Sox to re-assert themselves as a legitimate wild card contender and need badly to stay on a roll in Baltimore to keep their once-faint playoff hopes alive.
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By Dan Connolly and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 12, 2011
The Orioles were one out away from winning another series from the division rival Tampa Bay Rays, from tying their season high for consecutive wins and from getting back to an even record for the first time since May 26. But closer Kevin Gregg couldn't close it out in the ninth and reliever Jeremy Accardo allowed several key hits as the Rays beat the Orioles, 7-5, in 11 innings Saturday night. "We have been so good closing out games recently that it is tough," said Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie, who allowed three runs in six innings and left with a chance to win. "We are not going to always have everything go well for us and perfect.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2010
There's a certain stigma associated with the word "spoiler" in baseball. It means a team isn't good enough to be in playoff contention so it must derive satisfaction from beating successful clubs. Frankly, the Orioles haven't played well enough down the stretch in the last decade to warrant the spoiler tag, routinely stumbling in August and September against contenders. Under new manager Buck Showalter, however, the Orioles have already turned in their first winning August in 13 years and now, with their 8-7 victory over the American League Wild Card-leading Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday, they seem to be inching closer toward spoiler status.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles needed a starting pitching performance to remember Saturday night. They needed something to restore faith in their rotation, something to help stop their sudden swoon. Brian Matusz was up for the challenge. The 25-year-old left-hander turned in his best performance of the season Saturday at Tropicana Field, throwing a season-high 7 1/3 innings of two-hit ball in a 2-1 win over Tampa Bay, lifting the Orioles back into a first-place tie with the Rays atop the American League East.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2010
The Orioles ran out of comebacks. A day after erasing a four-run deficit and winning in the 13th inning, the Orioles dug themselves out of an early four-run hole to tie the game before falling, 5-4, to the Tampa Bay Rays before an announced 19,286 today at sun-drenched Camden Yards. The Rays scored the winning run in the sixth inning when Jason Berken issued a bases-loaded, two-out walk to Evan Longoria. It was the Orioles' fifth loss in six games since the All-Star break, and they are just 2-7 against Tampa Bay this season.
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By Jeff Zrebiec | jeff.zrebiec@baltsun.com | April 9, 2010
To understand how close young starter Brian Matusz was from getting yanked in the third inning of the Orioles' eventual 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays Thursday night, consider the following: "Let me just say that I had more than one foot on the top step [of the dugout]," manager Dave Trembley said. New closer Michael Gonzalez's leash wasn't much longer in the ninth. Matusz steadied and gutted through five innings when it looked as if he might not be around to get an out in the third.
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