What's new: The Orioles (34-26) have won 11 of their past 16 games, staying in the thick of the AL East race. They're sparked by 1B Chris Davis, who is making his own run at the Triple Crown, leading the league in homers (20), second to only reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera in batting average (.357) and RBIs (52). The Orioles' pitching is still banged up, with LHP Wei-Yin Chen on the disabled list, but they brought up touted prospect, RHP Kevin Gausman, who starts Saturday.
Key stat: The Orioles went into Thursday leading the majors with 84 homers.
Connections: Tonight's starter, RHP Jason Hammel, is an ex-Ray. DH Luke Scott is a former Oriole.
Series history: The Rays have won five of the first nine matchups this season, including a three-game sweep in Baltimore in mid May. The Orioles lead the overall series 134-133, but the Rays lead 70-63 at the Trop, including dropping two of three in a season-opening series.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer