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By Roch Kubatko | July 31, 2001
The Orioles have played the Devil Rays 13 times already, but might not recognize them. Since last meeting on May 10, the Devil Rays have rid themselves of three high-profile players - releasing center fielder Gerald Williams and trading pitcher Albie Lopez and first baseman Fred McGriff. They also dealt catcher John DiFelice. Not that it's made much difference. Tampa Bay can't get any lower. It's buried in last place in the AL East, 9 1/2 games behind the Orioles. The Devil Rays' .324 winning percentage and 15-39 road record remain the worst in baseball.
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February 24, 2011
April 5, 1999: In his first game with the Orioles, Albert Belle belted a three-run home run on Opening Day. The Orioles beat the Devil Rays, 10-7.
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July 5, 2004
Scouting report: Devil Rays vs. O's At Oriole Park at Camden Yards Day Time TV Starters Today 1:35 13, 20 Dewon Brazelton (2-0, 2.05) vs. Daniel Cabrera (5-3, 3.23) Tonight 7:05 54, 20 Jeremi Gonzalez (0-4, 6.69) vs. David Borkowski (0-0, 0.00) Tomorrow 7:05 54, 20 Mark Hendrickson (5-6, 4.65) vs. Rodrigo Lopez (6-4, 3.53) Wednesday 7:05 CSN Rob Bell (2-3, 5.23) vs. undecided Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM) Devil Rays update The dream season for Tampa Bay keeps getting more improbable, and more historic.
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By BILL ORDINE | August 12, 2008
If there is any justice in the baseball universe, the Tampa Bay Rays will go on to the postseason to complete one of the most remarkable turnarounds in the game's history. Over the weekend, the Rays earned their 71st victory of the season to set a franchise record. Granted, the franchise is only 11 years old, but since 1998, the Rays have finished higher than fifth place in the American League East just once (in 2004, when they went 70-91) and have won less than 40 percent of their games in half of their seasons.
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By Joe Strauss | August 31, 1999
At Oriole Park at Camden YardsDay .................Time ............TV ...............................StartersTonight ...........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 .....
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | March 10, 1995
PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The wait finally is over for the long-suffering baseball fans of Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla., and Phoenix. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Arizona Diamondbacks will join the major leagues in 1998.The announcement came yesterday at Major League Baseball's quarterly owners meeting, after a unanimous vote of the 28 clubs, but the admittance of both franchises was no surprise.Tampa/St. Petersburg was a lock to be included in the latest round of expansion, and Diamondbacks founder Jerry Colangelo has been at the top of the game's potential ownership list for years.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | September 27, 2007
For Aubrey Huff, it has been a way of life. In three of his first seven seasons, Huff was on Tampa Bay Devil Rays teams that finished with the worst record in the major leagues. "I don't know any better," said Huff, the Orioles' designated hitter. "I've been in last place pretty much my whole life." For the Orioles, it remains relatively unfamiliar terrain. While their stretch of futility extended to 10 straight losing seasons this year, they've been able to accomplish one thing during that span: avoiding the ultimate indignity of finishing with the worst record in the major leagues.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | September 6, 2007
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Radhames Liz should have seen it coming. Not the ball that slammed into his left leg in the first inning, but the likelihood that his third major league start would turn gruesome. It's not easy being an Oriole these days, even when you've barely had time to learn everyone's name. Misfortune finds the rookies as easily as line drives. Red Sox@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, MASN, 105.7 FM Starters: Tim Wakefield (16-10, 4.16 ERA) vs. Garrett Olson (1-3, 7.22 ERA)
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By ROCH KUBATKO | September 6, 2007
RUDE WELCOME Rookie pitcher Radhames Liz didn't get past the first batter last night without having issues. His problems stemmed from Akinori Iwamura's line drive that nailed him on the left calf. The ball caromed toward first base as Iwamura reached safely. Liz started to limp back to the mound while assistant trainer Brian Ebel and manager Dave Trembley rushed onto the field. Liz threw two warm-up tosses and signaled he could continue. It probably wasn't the best decision, given what happened next.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | September 5, 2007
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- A small group of Orioles took early batting practice yesterday and participated in fielding drills more than four hours before last night's game. The roster expanded by four players, all of them called up from the minors. The routine, and the clubhouse, no longer seemed quite as familiar. Any break from the norm is encouraged when a team keeps losing. In this case, change isn't just good, it's almost a necessity. Orioles@Devil Rays Tonight, 7:10, MASN2, 102.7 FM Starters: Radhames Liz (0-1, 7.00)
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By ROCH KUBATKO | September 5, 2007
Breaking out With the game tied at 4, the Orioles jumped the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' bullpen for four runs and five hits in the eighth. Miguel Tejada, Nick Markakis, Melvin Mora and Aubrey Huff singled off reliever Dan Wheeler. Mora's hit gave the Orioles a 5-4 lead. Scott Dohmann entered the game and surrendered Ramon Hernandez's three-run double. Markakis finished with four hits. Huff had three, including his seventh homer against his former team this season. Risky business It's not often that a pitcher issues an intentional walk so he can face the cleanup hitter, but that's what Jeremy Guthrie did in the fifth.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,Sun reporter | September 4, 2007
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Dave Trembley was a bullpen coach and camp coordinator in spring training when the Orioles' rotation began to take shape. Those early weeks didn't include him as manager or Kurt Birkins as a starter, but so much has changed. Whatever seemed improbable back then has become a part of everyday life for a team that can't find stability on or off the field. Recalled from the minors five times this season, Birkins made his first major league start last night. He held a four-run lead, gave it up and watched from the dugout as the Orioles found another interesting way to lose.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jeff Zrebiec,Sun Reporter | August 31, 2007
When the 10-game homestand started with a victory early last week, the Orioles were seven games under .500 with an upcoming stretch that allowed them to still harbor thoughts of a winning season. They were just five days removed from enjoying back-to-back series wins over the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, an uplifting run that factored in the club's decision to extend the contract of manager Dave Trembley through next season. But when the homestand came to a merciful end last night and the players headed to the team bus - a road trip never before so welcomed - there was no distancing themselves from perhaps one of the worst on-field stretches in the 54-year history of the franchise.
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