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Up next for the Tampa Bay Rays: at Baltimore Orioles


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What's new: The Orioles were a pleasant surprise of the season's first month, riding the league's best pitching, but it appears they are about to go poof! Two blowout losses to the Rangers — though followed by a win in the opener of Thursday's doubleheader — exposed their lack of starting depth, which is a major flaw in the American League East. The bullpen, led by Jim Johnson, has been solid. The offense has been good, keyed by C Matt Wieters, SS J.J. Hardy, CF Adam Jones and RF Nick Markakis. OF Endy Chavez just went on the disabled list.

Key stat: The Orioles' five wins when trailing after seven innings matches last season's total.

Connections: Rays DH Luke Scott spent the past four seasons in Baltimore. … Orioles RHP Jason Hammel is a former Ray.

Series history: Tied 120-120; Orioles lead 63-56 in Baltimore.

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

Up next for the Tampa Bay Rays: at Baltimore Orioles 05/10/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 10, 2012 10:29pm]
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