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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
Before today's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Orioles manager Buck Showalter got on top of his pregame soapbox and talked about how most barehanded plays don't need to be made. He reminisced about his days as an analyst at ESPN and about how he thought the network too often fell in love with a barehanded play that was more style than substance. But third baseman Manny Machado's ninth-inning barehanded throwout of  Desmond Jennings in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay wasn't one of those plays.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Standing in the home clubhouse after the shortest outing of his career, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen pondered why he has given up so many home runs lately, including three in a 5-4 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday afternoon. After allowing just three in his first eight games of the season, he's yielded 12 in his past eight outings. Chen tried to answer the question as honestly as he could, but the truth is that he doesn't know why he is suddenly elevating pitches and why the opposition - including a struggling offense like the Rays' - now is making him pay. “For every game, you don't want to give up any home runs.
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By Dan Connolly | July 25, 2012
Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez allowed five runs in the first - and seven runs total - in 2 2/3 innings Wednesday night against the Rays. It halted the Orioles' season-best seven straight quality starts. Gonzalez allowed a home run on the first pitch of the game to Desmond Jennings. It was the third consecutive start that Gonzalez has allowed a homer in the first inning. It was also the third time in 11 games the Orioles allowed a leadoff homer (Detroit's Austin Jackson did it against Gonzalez on July 15 and Cleveland's Shin-Soo Choo against Chris Tillman on July 21)
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter's decision to pitch right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in today's series finale against Tampa Bay appears to have paid off. Gonzalez held the Rays scoreless for five innings this afternoon, yielding just three hits while recording six strikeouts and walking three batters. After the scoreless outing today, Gonzalez has allowed three earned runs over 11 innings in his past two starts. Gonzalez was scheduled to start Tuesday's game against the Rays, but after it was rained out, Showalter pushed Gonzalez to today.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2014
Orioles manager Buck Showalter's decision to pitch right-hander Miguel Gonzalez in today's series finale against Tampa Bay appears to have paid off. Gonzalez held the Rays scoreless for five innings this afternoon, yielding just three hits while recording six strikeouts and walking three batters. After the scoreless outing today, Gonzalez has allowed three earned runs over 11 innings in his past two starts. Gonzalez was scheduled to start Tuesday's game against the Rays, but after it was rained out, Showalter pushed Gonzalez to today.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2012
With the Ed Smith Stadium flagpoles in left-center-field blowing out Sunday afternoon, Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen's final tune-up before the regular season turned into a home-run derby. In a contest that included eight home runs, Chen allowed three Rays long balls - including a grand slam to Tampa Bay leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings - in the Orioles' 8-5 Grapefruit League finale loss to the Rays. “I've never seen the wind blow in so much [as it did] this spring,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
The Orioles wouldn't say it, but they're probably glad they won't see the Tampa Bay Rays again until mid-August. They were able to salvage one win in their trip to the Trop, but since taking two of three in Tampa Bay in the opening series of the season, the Rays have been tough on the Orioles. We're reminded very quickly why Tampa Bay was picked by many to win the American League East. Their ability to control games with their pitching might make them the most dangerous team in baseball when everything is clicking.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles were introduced to the latest jewel of the Tampa Bay Rays' pitching pipeline Friday night. Rays right-hander Chris Archer, who was making just his sixth career big league start, limited the high-powered Orioles offense to a season-low two hits in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay in front of an announced 13,256 at Tropicana Field. Orioles starter Jason Hammel took a one-run lead into the seventh-inning stretch, but he allowed a two-run homer to Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings in bottom half of the frame.
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Sports Direct | February 23, 2013
GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE Mets 5, Nationals 3: Stephen Strasburg surrendered three hits over two innings - including a single and home run to the first two batters he faced - in his first action since Sept. 7. David Wright was hitless in three at-bats for New York, but Marlon Byrd went 2-for-2 and scored a run in his team debut.   Marlins 8, Cardinals 3: Juan Pierre collected two hits, scored twice and drove in a run while Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs for Miami, which likely lost catcher Jeff Mathis for six weeks with a broken right collarbone.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -  There was plenty of blame to go around after the Orioles' 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night, but very little of it could be placed on right-hander Tommy Hunter. Yes, Hunter's biggest problem this season has been his inability to keep the ball in the park. But Hunter pitched well against the Rays, falling just one out short of a quality start. He made two mistakes, a pair of solo home runs that - combined with the Orioles' continued struggles with runners in scoring position - proved to be the difference before an announced 18,410 at Tropicana Field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
SARASOTA, FlA. - The Orioles finished their Grapefruit League schedule with a 4-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays under the lights at Ed Smith Stadium on Thursday night. The Rays plated the winning run in the top of the ninth off left-hander Troy Patton when former Oriole Wilson Betemit's sacrifice fly scored Desmond Jennings, who singled to open the inning and went to third on Jake DePew's single and ensuing errors by right-fielder Mike Yastrzemski. Jonathan Schoop tied the game in the eighth inning with a two-out, run-scoring double off the bottom of the centerfield wall off right-hander Merrill Kelly.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2013
The Orioles wouldn't say it, but they're probably glad they won't see the Tampa Bay Rays again until mid-August. They were able to salvage one win in their trip to the Trop, but since taking two of three in Tampa Bay in the opening series of the season, the Rays have been tough on the Orioles. We're reminded very quickly why Tampa Bay was picked by many to win the American League East. Their ability to control games with their pitching might make them the most dangerous team in baseball when everything is clicking.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2013
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles were introduced to the latest jewel of the Tampa Bay Rays' pitching pipeline Friday night. Rays right-hander Chris Archer, who was making just his sixth career big league start, limited the high-powered Orioles offense to a season-low two hits in a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay in front of an announced 13,256 at Tropicana Field. Orioles starter Jason Hammel took a one-run lead into the seventh-inning stretch, but he allowed a two-run homer to Rays center fielder Desmond Jennings in bottom half of the frame.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
It depends on which line you want to consider before truly assessing Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta's performance in the club's 5-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Arrieta's pitching line wasn't pretty: He lasted only five innings for the third consecutive start in this young season. He walked five, gave up three hits and threw 112 pitches, only 63 of them for strikes. Then there's the silver lining: Arrieta allowed just one run, thanks, in part, to his seven strikeouts.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2013
Before today's game against the Tampa Bay Rays, Orioles manager Buck Showalter got on top of his pregame soapbox and talked about how most barehanded plays don't need to be made. He reminisced about his days as an analyst at ESPN and about how he thought the network too often fell in love with a barehanded play that was more style than substance. But third baseman Manny Machado's ninth-inning barehanded throwout of  Desmond Jennings in Tuesday's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay wasn't one of those plays.
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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 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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Sports Direct | February 23, 2013
GRAPEFRUIT LEAGUE Mets 5, Nationals 3: Stephen Strasburg surrendered three hits over two innings - including a single and home run to the first two batters he faced - in his first action since Sept. 7. David Wright was hitless in three at-bats for New York, but Marlon Byrd went 2-for-2 and scored a run in his team debut.   Marlins 8, Cardinals 3: Juan Pierre collected two hits, scored twice and drove in a run while Giancarlo Stanton drove in two runs for Miami, which likely lost catcher Jeff Mathis for six weeks with a broken right collarbone.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -  There was plenty of blame to go around after the Orioles' 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night, but very little of it could be placed on right-hander Tommy Hunter. Yes, Hunter's biggest problem this season has been his inability to keep the ball in the park. But Hunter pitched well against the Rays, falling just one out short of a quality start. He made two mistakes, a pair of solo home runs that - combined with the Orioles' continued struggles with runners in scoring position - proved to be the difference before an announced 18,410 at Tropicana Field.
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