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What's new: Until being swept by the Cubs this weekend, the Orioles had been on a roll since the All-Star break, winning 21 of their first 32 and expanding their American League East lead from four games to nine. They lead the majors in homers, backed by Nelson Cruz's chart-topping 34, but the key has been pitching. The rotation has ranked mid league and the bullpen among the best with LHP Andrew Miller joining RHP Darren O'Day and LHP Zach Britton.
Key stat: The Orioles had gone 74 straight games (since May 31) before losing three in a row, which was the longest such streak in the majors.
Connections: O's OF/DH Delmon Young is a two-time former Ray. 1B Steve Pearce is from Lakeland.
Series history: O's lead 8-4 this season, tied 3-3 at Camden Yards; Rays lead 145-144 overall, O's lead 75-68 at Camden Yards.
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer