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What's new: There's a lot of buzz surrounding the Orioles, who were 66-96 last year but 34-23 after Buck Showalter took over as manager. They added a lot of pop to their lineup with DH Vladimir Guerrero, 3B Mark Reynolds and 1B Derrek Lee. And with a talented young rotation, Baltimore has hopes of ending its streak of 13 losing seasons. They no longer, however, have ex-Ray Ty Wigginton, who signed with the Rockies as a free agent after his 2010 All-Star season.

Key stat: New Rays DH Manny Ramirez has hit .316 in his career against Baltimore with 36 homers and 152 RBIs in 192 games. LF Johnny Damon has 29 homers against the Orioles, his most against any team.

Connections: None.

Series history: The teams have split the all-time series 111-111. But since Aug. 28, 2007, the Rays are 41-19. Tampa Bay has won the past three season series, including 11-8 in 2010. The Rays are 61-51 against the Orioles at Tropicana Field.

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

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