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Wrapping up a 5-2 win (more quotes)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Maybe the sky isn't falling. It's hard to tell inside a dome. The Orioles were swept in The Bronx, but they also took two of three from the Tigers and Rays to move within a game of the .500 mark. However, they failed to gain any ground on the Yankees. Wei-Yin Chen allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings and the ... read more

Notes on Lough, Pearce and Markakis' return (O's win 5-2)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Rays are celebrating "Christmas In July" today at Tropicana Field. They cranked up the air conditioning and the holiday tunes. My decision to carry mistletoe in my laptop bag year-round is really paying off. Now who looks foolish? David Lough returns to the leadoff spot today after collecting a single and triple last night and scoring twice in a 5-1 ... read more

The reason Wieters isn't in today's lineup

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Matt Wieters is out of today's lineup due to back stiffness that cropped up during last night's game against the Rays. Wieters would have made his second career start at first base. He's 8-for-14 with a double and two home runs lifetime against Rays left-hander Matt Moore. "Just another thing with the turf," said Orioles manager Buck Showalter. "He's a lot ... read more

Orioles and Rays lineups

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - David Lough is leading off again today for the Orioles as they try to win their series against the Rays. Chris Davis is batting second again and Manny Machado is third. Ryan Flaherty returns to first base, another left-handed bat against Rays southpaw Matt Moore. Adam Jones is batting .481 (26-for-54) on Sundays, the highest average in the majors for players ... read more

Orioles going for series win to conclude road trip

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A win today will return the Orioles to third place in the American League East, a half-game ahead of the Rays, who are 25-28 at home. The Orioles are 18-14 in the last game of a series. A win also would make the Orioles 4-5 on a road trip that began with such promise and took a serious nose dive in ... read more

Wrapping up a 5-1 win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - A team that's been scuffling for runs and maybe pressing a bit at the plate was able to exhale after one big swing. The game was far from over, but a four-run cushion brought a certain level of comfort. Chris Davis hit his fifth career grand slam tonight in the third inning and Miguel Gonzalez held the Rays to one run ... read more

Wieters and Showalter on the trade deadline (O's win 5-1)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Catcher Matt Wieters could more easily ignore the non-waiver trade deadline in past years, his importance to the Orioles or his elbow surgery cementing his status in the organization. A pending free agent on a team that's lost 15 of its last 20 games, Wieters is now more susceptible to having his name linked to various rumors, including talks with the ... read more

More on Matt Wieters at first base

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - The Orioles rotation will stay in turn for the three-game series against the Braves next week at Camdem Yards. Kevin Gausman will start Monday night, followed by Ubaldo Jimenez and Chris Tillman. Matt Wieters came up with the idea of taking ground balls at first base this weekend at Tropicana Field. He suggested it to third base coach and infield instructor ... read more