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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2013
SARASOTA, Fla -- Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen will make his first Grapefruit League start today against the Tampa Bay Rays down in Port Charlotte. Expect Chen to go two innings, unless his pitch count gets too high. Left-hander Brian Matusz, who is also in the rotation mix, is scheduled to follow Chen. He will be followed by Tommy Hunter, Troy Patton and Daniel McCutchen. Here are the lineups for today's game: Orioles Alexi Casilla 2B Ryan Flaherty SS Manny Machado 3B Jason Pridie RF Chris Dickerson CF Trayvon Robinson DH Travis Ishikawa 1B Luis Exposito C Xavier Avery LF Wei-Yin Chen LHP Rays Ben Zobrist RF Kelly Johnson LF Evan Longoria 3B Yunel Escobar SS Ryan Roberts 2B Jose Molina C Shelley Duncan DH James Loney 1B Sean Rodriguez CF Alex Cobb RHP
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Despite his obvious power and previous success, Orioles infielder Chris Davis has been struggling so much this season that it has become business as usual when pitchers challenge him. So, in the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, it was somewhat surprising that Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon chose to have rookie right-hander Kirby Yates (0-2) intentionally walk Davis with two outs and a runner on second base in a tied game. Shortstop J.J. Hardy made the move backfire, dumping a bloop single into right field to score Nelson Cruz from second base for the eventual game-winner in front of an announced 16,915 at Camden Yards.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
Grant Balfour will be pitching in the American League East after all. And he'll have up to 19 chances in 2014 to show a little “Balfour Rage” against the Orioles, the team that spiked a free-agent deal with him in December. The 36-year-old Australian right-hander signed a two-year deal Thursday with the Tampa Bay Rays, one of his former teams, that is reportedly worth $12 million total. Balfour had converted 62 of 67 save opportunities since becoming the Oakland Athletics' full-time closer in 2012.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Just about every time the Tampa Bay Rays have been mentioned to Buck Showalter in the past month, he can't help but talk about Drew Smyly, the left-handed starter the Rays received from the Detroit Tigers in last month's blockbuster deal that included All-Star left-hander David Price. Showalter has gushed about Smyly for parts of three seasons. The Orioles had inquired about his availability periodically during that span, but they never could land him. Based on his performance in the Rays' 3-1 victory Wednesday at Camden Yards, the Orioles can't be happy about facing Smyly a whole lot over the next four-plus seasons.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
When the Orioles traded Jim Johnson in December and then spiked a potential deal with Grant Balfour weeks later, the likelihood of Tommy Hunter being the club's 2014 closer increased. With a few weeks left in the offseason, the Orioles could still land a closer-type pitcher, but management isn't sweating things if Hunter begins the spring as the club's closer-in-waiting. As executive vice president Dan Duquette likes to say, no one knew what Johnson could do until he was given the job full-time in 2012 (and saved 51 of 54 games)
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2012
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles arrived at the visiting clubhouse of Tropicana Field with the 2012 playoff caps and postseason “O's for October” T-shirts hanging in their lockers. For the first time in 15 years, the Orioles could call themselves playoff-bound, but the Orioles came to Tampa Bay to complete one of the unlikeliest of missions - to win an American League East title. But the Orioles' title hopes took a hit here Monday night. A 5-3 loss to a desperate Rays team still clinging to its faint playoff hopes - along with the New York Yankees' 10-2 drubbing of the Boston Red Sox - dropped the Orioles to one game back with two to play.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2013
The Orioles' top position prospect, Jonathan Schoop, had been away for most of the spring while representing the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. He finally returned Wednesday and, on Friday, he led the Orioles to a 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays. The 21-year-old started at shortstop and had three hits in his first three at-bats, including a RBI single in the fifth and a two-run homer in the sixth against Rays starting pitcher Jeff Niemann. Steve Pearce also homered as the Orioles improved to 16-6-3 in Grapefruit League action.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Just about every time the Tampa Bay Rays have been mentioned to Buck Showalter in the past month, he can't help but talk about Drew Smyly, the left-handed starter the Rays received from the Detroit Tigers in last month's blockbuster deal that included All-Star left-hander David Price. Showalter has gushed about Smyly for parts of three seasons. The Orioles had inquired about his availability periodically during that span, but they never could land him. Based on his performance in the Rays' 3-1 victory Wednesday at Camden Yards, the Orioles can't be happy about facing Smyly a whole lot over the next four-plus seasons.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
If Brian Matusz had won the matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays' James Loney in the sixth inning, the rest of the Orioles' game Sunday afternoon could have looked a lot different. But Loney hit a double, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to stay with the left-hander instead of inserting right-hander Ryan Webb and further depleting a bullpen worn thin by Friday's doubleheader and a short outing Sunday by starter Miguel Gonzalez. Matusz, who was brought in to face the left-handed Loney with two outs in the sixth, went on to give up another double and a two-run home run as part of a decisive seven-run inning, and the Orioles set a new season-high in runs allowed in a 12-7 loss to the Rays in front of an announced 32,665 in the series finale at Camden Yards.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2014
Despite his obvious power and previous success, Orioles infielder Chris Davis has been struggling so much this season that it has become business as usual when pitchers challenge him. So, in the Orioles' 5-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, it was somewhat surprising that Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon chose to have rookie right-hander Kirby Yates (0-2) intentionally walk Davis with two outs and a runner on second base in a tied game. Shortstop J.J. Hardy made the move backfire, dumping a bloop single into right field to score Nelson Cruz from second base for the eventual game-winner in front of an announced 16,915 at Camden Yards.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
After the Orioles' 4-2 victory against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in a lackluster game that lasted three hours and 37 minutes and featured 319 pitches, manager Buck Showalter played an impromptu word game with reporters. “That was a grind-out win,” Showalter said. “That was such a, I wouldn't say lethargic.” Sluggish? “Nope wasn't sluggish, that's a bad word,” Showalter said. Tedious? “No.” Grueling? “That's close,” Showalter said.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The Orioles figured out a simple way Monday night to bust out of an offensive skid that cost them three games at Wrigley Field over the weekend. Get home -- and start homering. And keep homering, in consecutive at-bats, if possible, until you've beaten the opposition into submission and set a little franchise history. In a 9-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night, the Orioles had 14 hits -- including five home runs by five different players -- to snap their three-game losing streak.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 25, 2014
The Orioles scored just four runs in their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field over the weekend. But the club's power was on display with its return to Camden Yards on Monday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Orioles have hit five home runs on their way to a 9-1 lead in the eighth inning. Trailing, 1-0, Nick Markakis and Steve Pearce hit back-to-back homers in the third inning. The Orioles then hit three consecutive home runs in their six-run fifth inning.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
The Orioles bullpen went into the sixth inning of Sunday afternoon's game against the Tampa Bay Rays having allowed just one run over its past 30 innings. But a struggling Tampa Bay Rays offense came to life with a seven-run sixth inning -- all of the runs coming against the Orioles bullpen -- as 11 batters went to the plate. Six of the runs were scored with two outs in the inning off relievers Evan Meek and Brian Matusz. The Orioles entered the inning leading, 4-3, but No. 9 hitter Kevin Kiermaier hit a solo homer to right field off Meek with one out to tie the game.
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By Alejandro Zuniga and The Baltimore Sun | June 29, 2014
If Brian Matusz had won the matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays' James Loney in the sixth inning, the rest of the Orioles' game Sunday afternoon could have looked a lot different. But Loney hit a double, and Orioles manager Buck Showalter decided to stay with the left-hander instead of inserting right-hander Ryan Webb and further depleting a bullpen worn thin by Friday's doubleheader and a short outing Sunday by starter Miguel Gonzalez. Matusz, who was brought in to face the left-handed Loney with two outs in the sixth, went on to give up another double and a two-run home run as part of a decisive seven-run inning, and the Orioles set a new season-high in runs allowed in a 12-7 loss to the Rays in front of an announced 32,665 in the series finale at Camden Yards.
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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 | October 8, 2008
The most dangerous team in the postseason is always the one that doesn't realize it shouldn't be there. No one wants to play the upstart club that believes it has a unifying bond, a special fraternity that makes it one of those corny teams of destiny. In the American League, that club is the Tampa Bay Rays. But these Rays are even scarier because they can pitch and catch the ball, too, important ingredients in postseason baseball. From a talent standpoint, the Rays' big three starters, Scott Kazmir, James Shields and Matt Garza, can hold their own against the Boston Red Sox's impressive trio of Josh Beckett, Jon Lester and Daisuke Matsuzaka.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | November 22, 2011
Just over a year ago, on Sept. 27, 2010, the Orioles were leading the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-0, in the ninth inning of a largely meaningless road game when second baseman Brian Roberts came to the plate. He felt prepared for the at-bat, and believed reliever Joaquin Benoit would throw him a changeup. With the count 2-2, the right-hander did. Roberts still swung and missed. "Sometimes the pitcher could tell you what's coming and you still wouldn't execute your plan right," he says, clearly still miffed.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman would pitch well earlier this year, and you almost expected him to get on a run and turn into the guy he was the previous season and a half. Then he would come back with a disaster; his pitches looked flat, his velocity was down and he couldn't throw strikes. Perhaps the question I most often received from about mid-April on was "What's wrong with Tillman?” He allowed just five earned runs in his first four starts of the year and then he got shelled in Toronto.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
After he was scratched Wednesday from his scheduled start Friday, Orioles right-hander Bud Norris will undergo an MRI for his right groin injury during Thursday's day off. Norris threw a bullpen session before Wednesday night's game to test the groin, which forced him from Saturday's start against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. After the session, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Norris would not start in the nightcap of Friday's doubleheader against the Tampa Bay Rays and likely would have another work day before making his next start.
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