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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 2, 2013
Jason Hammel made a couple mistakes in his six innings on Tuesday, but otherwise gave the Orioles what they were hoping for on Opening Day: A quality start. The 30-year-old right-hander lasted six innings, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk. He struck out two and retired 10 of the first 11 batters he faced before giving up a Ben Zobrist solo homer in the fourth. His big mistake came in the sixth when he walked the leadoff man in the inning, No. 9 batter Kelly Johnson.
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June 22, 2014
The Baltimore Orioles just completed the last leg of their road trip, having played three games against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field ( "Kevin Gausman shuts down Rays, Nelson Cruz homers in Orioles' 2-0 victory," June 18). Both Baltimore TV and radio had nothing positive to say about Tropicana Field, the Rays' home turf in Tampa/St. Petersburg. Radio broadcaster and former Os pitcher Ben McDonald even called it "gloomy. " Can you imagine anyone ever calling Oriole Park gloomy?
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By Ken Rosenthal | May 8, 1998
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Only in major-league baseball could the sky be falling in a domed stadium.Welcome to Tropicana Field, the one place where Orioles outfielder Eric Davis might want his raise-the-roof gesture taken literally.Great park. But make sure to wear a hard hat.You never know what goodies might start descending inside the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' new home.Shattered glass? Been there.Baseballs bouncing off catwalks? Done that.The roof itself? Hey, that's where the Devil Rays draw the line.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman will start this afternoon in the series finale against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, his third start since being called up from Triple-A Norfolk earlier this month. In his last two starts, Gausman allowed just two total runs in 13 innings, beating a pair of challenging lineups in the Toronto Blue Jays and the Oakland Athletics. In two career outings (one start) against the Rays, Gausman has a 13.50 ERA in 5 1/3 innings.
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By Roch Kubatko and Roch Kubatko,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2005
NEW YORK - Maybe it's the lighting, or the hitters, or just bad luck. Orioles reliever Jorge Julio has a surplus of theories regarding his past difficulties at Tropicana Field. If only he could find one solution. Ready or not, Julio will confront his demons again when the Orioles begin a three-game series tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. If the past is any indication, he'll probably load the bases with them. Julio had four blown saves last season, three of them coming against Tampa Bay. For his career, he's 5-for-10 in save chances beneath the dome.
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By Andy Knobel and Andy Knobel,SUN STAFF | June 30, 2002
Who says baseball isn't juiced? Six years after the Tampa Bay Devil Rays began playing at Tropicana Field, the Houston Astros this month accepted $170 million in naming rights to call their stadium Minute Maid Park. Forget the Subway Series. It's time for a Citrus Series. Or the Juice Bowl. Decided, of course, by a squeeze play. Now there's a navel idea. Donald Knauss, president and CEO of Minute Maid in North America, said he fully expects baseball fans to link words such as "juice" or "lemon" with the park's new name.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After an opening five weeks to the season that included rain delays, irregular start times and early-morning flights, the Orioles were looking forward to playing three night games with no risk of weather delays under the roof of Tropicana Field. They didn't account for a 19-minute eighth-inning delay when a set of lights went out along a catwalk connected to the dome's roof Tuesday night. But when play resumed - the row of lights still out - the Orioles were finally sparked by a big hit they had lacked all night.
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April 19, 2002
Opponent: Tampa Bay Devil Rays Site: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla. Time: 7:15 TV/Radio: Ch. 13/WBAL (1090 AM) Starters: Orioles' Calvin Maduro (1-1, 6.30) vs. Devil Rays' Tanyon Sturtze (0-2, 7.56)
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August 4, 2007
Corey Patterson, Orioles center fielder Is it hard to get up to play at Tropicana Field because of the poor attendance and the low-key atmosphere? For me, not really. Obviously, they don't draw real big, but it's pretty laid-back here. That's just allows you to go out and do your thing. It doesn't bother me.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | June 6, 2013
The Orioles have been keeping a close watch on Tropical Storm Andrea as it batters Florida with high winds and rain - at one point fearing that they wouldn't be able to fly out to Tampa on Thursday evening. Kevin Buck, the club's coordinator of team travel, made contingency plans to keep the Orioles in their Houston hotel Thursday night if needed. But, as of Thursday afternoon, the club was told it should be OK to fly into Tampa after the game. “I think we're OK. Last night, Kevin made plans to stay here.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It was just more than two weeks ago when Steve Pearce sat hunched over his locker in Toronto, thinking his days with the Orioles were over. Since then, Pearce has been on an amazing roster roller-coaster -- designated for assignment, placed on release waivers, claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays, given free agency after denying the claim, and ultimately back in the same Orioles clubhouse. Thrust into a starting role to replace injured slugger Chris Davis, Pearce might have made the two biggest plays of the night to lead the Orioles to a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in front of an announced 11,076 at Tropicana Field.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles received good news Wednesday when renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews recommended that catcher Matt Wieters rest his sore right elbow instead of undergoing surgery. For now, Wieters will not catch in order to rest his elbow, but the Orioles plan to keep the hot-hitting switch-hitter in the starting lineup at designated hitter. “It doesn't hurt him to hit at all,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. “That's not a factor either way. I'm not going to give you an exact timeframe for when he will be catching again, but I think if it proceeds down the path we think it will, he'll be catching again in the near future.” Wieters, who arrived at Tropicana Field just before the start of Wednesday's game, was not in the Orioles' starting lineup against the Tampa Bay Rays.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After an opening five weeks to the season that included rain delays, irregular start times and early-morning flights, the Orioles were looking forward to playing three night games with no risk of weather delays under the roof of Tropicana Field. They didn't account for a 19-minute eighth-inning delay when a set of lights went out along a catwalk connected to the dome's roof Tuesday night. But when play resumed - the row of lights still out - the Orioles were finally sparked by a big hit they had lacked all night.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
TAMPA, Fla. -- Left-hander T.J. McFarland has been scratched from his scheduled start at Triple-A Norfolk on Monday night, and he likely will join the Orioles for their series opener against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, according to an industry source. Following Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins at Target Field, Orioles manager Buck Showalter expressed concern about the overuse of his bullpen, especially since Tuesday begins a span in which the Orioles play 13 straight days and 26 of their next 27 days.
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Peter Schmuck | April 20, 2014
There is still a winter chill in the air, and the American League East race has already gotten hot and heavy. The Orioles and Boston Red Sox are embroiled in an intense four-game series at Fenway Park that is building toward Monday's emotional crescendo. The Tampa Bay Rays spent Friday and Saturday pounding some of the starch out of the first-place New York Yankees before losing in 12 innings Sunday for a split in their four-game series. By most accounts, it's going to be like this all season.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2013
When Orioles manager Buck Showalter approached the media after Sunday's 3-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field, the first question he was asked started with a statement about the obvious focus being placed on the club's lackluster offense. Showalter quickly interrupted, “By who?” The obvious, and unstated, answer: By anyone who has watched this team squander continual opportunities and its playoff chances in a September in which they've stumbled to a 10-11 record.
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August 22, 2005
BATTING LINE OF THE DAY Wily Mo Pena, Reds LF AB R H RBI HR 3 2 2 6 2 PITCHING LINE OF THE DAY Jason Vargas, Marlins IP H R BB SO 9 6 1 1 7 WHO'S HOT The Devil Rays are 5-1 on their current homestand and 13-3 at Tropicana Field since the All-Star break. WHO'S NOT Hank Blalock of the Rangers went 0-for-4 and has six hits in his past 41 at-bats. He has not driven in a run in 10 consecutive games.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 21, 2013
In the seventh inning of Saturday's loss at Tropicana Field, the Tampa Bay Rays hit two triples into the left-center gap. Both times, Orioles center fielder Adam Jones tracked the balls down and threw into the infield. Then, both times, Jones grimaced in pain as his knees momentarily buckled. He stayed in the game and later drove in the Orioles' lone run. But he definitely wasn't right in the seventh. In classic Jones' fashion, he refused to talk about specifics of the discomfort, though he did admit he's aching.
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Peter Schmuck | June 22, 2013
The Orioles have spent almost four years and about $35 million waiting for Brian Roberts to get healthy, so the news that he will soon embark on an injury rehabilitation assignment - which would be prelude to a July return to the major league lineup - should evoke a range of emotions. First and foremost, it should prompt fans to appreciate just how determined Roberts has been to get back and make a contribution to the team on which he once played a central role. If you review the list of injuries he has had to overcome, you'll probably agree that the easier course would have been to go home a year ago as a very rich young man with most of a comfortable life still ahead of him. There have been times over the course of his career when Roberts has been his own worst enemy.
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