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What's new: The Orioles (29-22) haven't gone away, still atop the American League East despite a five-game losing streak. Their pitching has been a big factor in their success, although their starters scuffled during a sweep by the Blue Jays this week. C Matt Wieters is cooling off after a hot start, and CF Adam Jones had his career-best hit streak of 20 games end Wednesday. OF Nick Markakis will have surgery (broken bone in right wrist), so he will join OF Nolan Reimold and LHP Zach Britton on the DL.
Key stat: Baltimore has a league-leading 47 errors and is tied with the Rays with the lowest fielding percentage in the AL (.977).
Connections: Orioles RHP Jason Hammel is a former Ray. DH Luke Scott is a former Oriole.
Series history: The Orioles took two of three in Baltimore last month and lead the overall series 122-121. The Rays are 64-57 at Tropicana Field.
Joe Smith, Times staff writer