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What's new: The Orioles (67-56) snapped a four-game skid by winning their past two and are 21/2 games out of an American League wild card spot. They have the majors' home run leader, 1B Chris Davis (45); All-Star CF Adam Jones, and exciting 3B Manny Machado. RHP Francisco Rodriguez was added to the bullpen and RHP Bud Norris to the rotation; pitching coach Rick Adair has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons. Closer RHP Jim Johnson, a former All-Star, blew three consecutive saves last week.

Key stat: The Orioles lead the majors with 165 homers.

Connections: Injured Rays DH Luke Scott is a former Oriole. Injured Orioles RHP Jason Hammel is an ex-Ray.

Series history: The Rays are 7-5 vs. the Orioles this season and have won five of the past six meetings. They swept a three-game series in Baltimore on May 17-19. The overall series is tied at 135; the Orioles lead 71-63 in Camden Yards.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Rays-Orioles preview 08/18/13 [Last modified: Sunday, August 18, 2013 8:21pm]
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