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Rays up next: at Orioles


at Orioles


What's new: The Orioles flexed their muscle in the opening series at Tropicana Field and have kept hitting since. 1B Chris Davis (6 HRs, 19 RBIs) and CF Adam Jones (.412 avg., .992 OPS) lead the way, and RF Nick Markakis has been warming up. They've scored first in 10 of their 12 games. The bullpen is another strength, led by lockdown closer Jim Johnson.

Key stat: The O's have won a franchise-record 96 consecutive games when leading after 7 innings, the third-longest streak for any club in the expansion era.

Connections: Orioles 1B Steve Pearce is from Lakeland, RHP Jason Hammel an ex-Ray. Injured Rays DH Luke Scott is a former Oriole.

Series history: The O's won two of three to open the season and lead 132-129 overall, 69-59 at Camden Yards.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Rays up next: at Orioles 04/15/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 10:14pm]
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