Tampa Bay has seven baserunners in four innings and has scored four runs. The Orioles have seven baserunners in four innings and are being shut out.
Rays left fielder Sam Fuld raced toward the line and made a diving catch to deny Robert Andino in the fourth with two outs and Matt Wieters on second base.
Wieters has walked twice.
In Jeremy Guthrie’s last five starts before today, the Orioles scored six runs while he was in the game and were held scoreless in three of those games while he was pitching. It’s more of the same today, though Guthrie hasn’t been sharp. Evan Longoria’s three-run homer, his first of the year, put Guthrie in a 4-0 hole in the third.
Instant update: B.J. Upton just hit a three-run homer in the fifth. When does that suspension start?
Nick Markakis has multi-hit games in three of his last five, but he’s still only 18-for-85. The average is slowly climbing.
Before today, the Orioles’ bullpen was 1-3 with a 6.20 ERA in the last 17 games. Relievers have allowed 22 home runs this season.
Adam Jones is 10-for-24 in his last six games after an 0-for-12 slump. He singled in the second inning.
Brian Roberts is 1-for-20. He popped up to leave the bases loaded in the second.
The Orioles scored six runs in their last three games before today. They ranked 10th in the AL with a .236 average, but fourth with RISP at .284. They’ve stranded six runners in four innings today.
Vladimir Guerrero has walked three times in his last 10 plate appearances after not drawing a free pass in his first 115.
Luke Scott would have two hits if not for the Rays’ infield shift. Second baseman Ben Zobrist is playing back on the outfield grass. A few more steps and he could stand behind first baseman Casey Kotchman.
More Brian Matusz: He threw 24 pitches in two innings in a simulated game today. He’ll throw a 35-pitch side session on Monday, then go three innings in a “real” extended spring training game on Wednesday.