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What's new: The Orioles didn't make many changes to a team that snapped its 14-year streak of losing seasons, finishing second in the American League East and reaching the playoffs. They do get back veteran 2B Brian Roberts, who missed a huge chunk of the past three seasons due to concussions and a hip injury but will move from his usual leadoff spot to ninth. Baltimore will rely on its core, including CF Adam Jones, C Matt Wieters and RF Nick Markakis, and is excited for a first full season of impressive rookie 3B Manny Machado. Opening day starter RHP Jason Hammel, an ex-Ray, tops the rotation, and All-Star closer Jim Johnson leads a bullpen that made the Orioles 73-0 when leading after seven innings last year.

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

Series history: The Orioles won last season's series 10-8 and lead the overall series 130-128. The Rays are 69-61 at Tropicana Field.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Rays up next: Orioles 04/01/13 [Last modified: Monday, April 1, 2013 8:26pm]
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