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What's new: The Orioles (23-17) had won six of eight before dropping two straight to the Padres this week, but they were still tied for second in the AL East going into Thursday. Their rotation is banged up, with LHP Wei-Yin Chen (right oblique strain) and RHP Miguel Gonzalez (blister) on the disabled list, but RHP Jair Jurrjens is expected to make his Orioles debut Saturday against the Rays. 3B Manny Machado, one of the game's top young players, is on a roll, hitting .343. 1B Chris Davis entered Thursday tied for the league lead in homers (11). The bullpen is strong, including closer RHP Jim Johnson, who recently had his streak of 35 straight saves end.

Key stat: Baltimore entered Thursday with an AL-low 12 errors.

Connections: RHP Jason Hammel is a former Ray, and DH Luke Scott is a former Oriole.

Series history: The Orioles lead the season series 4-2, including taking two of three April 15-17 in Baltimore. They lead the overall series 134-130, including 71-60 in Baltimore.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Rays-Orioles preview 05/16/13 [Last modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 9:19pm]
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