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What's new: The Orioles have accumulated some eye-catching numbers, starting with 1B Chris Davis' team-record 51 homers and 16 game-winning RBIs, 3B Manny Machado's AL-leading 51 doubles, RHP Jim Johnson's AL-leading 47 saves and their major league-record 115 errorless games. But they have been inconsistent, a loss to the Red Sox on Thursday dropping them to 17-19 over their past 36. Their prodigious offense leads the AL in homers and is third in scoring, and they added OF Michael Morse from Seattle. Their pitching has been better lately but is still a concern, if not a flaw.

Key stat: Of the Orioles' first 152 games, 128 were decided by four or fewer runs, the highest such percentage in the majors. They were 17-28 in one-run games, 20-10 in two-run, 19-10 in three-run, 11-13 in four-run.

Connections: Rays DH Luke Scott is a former Oriole. Baltimore RHP Jason Hammel and 1B/DH Dan Johnson are former Rays.

Series history: Rays lead 9-6 this season, 137-136 all time, 72-64 at the Trop.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays-Orioles preview 09/19/13 [Last modified: Thursday, September 19, 2013 11:10pm]
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