The season series between the Orioles and Rays is tied, 7-7. The Orioles are 1-5 in Baltimore, but 6-2 at Tropicana Field. The all-time series is tied, 118-118.
A win today would give the Orioles consecutive road series wins for the first time since they took two of three from the Rays on Sept, 27-29, 2010 and swept the Rays in the opening series of 2011 (April 1-3).
Kevin Gregg notched his 20th save Friday night and became the 16th Oriole pitcher ever to record 20 or more saves in a season - and the first since George Sherrill had 20 in 2009 before being traded to the Dodgers. Gregg Olson has the most seasons of 20 or more saves for the Orioles with five from 1989-1993.
Jeremy Guthrie has pitched 586 1/3 innings since the start of the 2009 season, the 19th-most innings in the majors. His 92 starts over that time are tied for the 16th-most in the majors.
The Orioles have lost 13 of their last 16 series finales and are 15-29 overall in the final game of a series (8-15 at home and 7-14 on the road).
Catcher Matt Wieters has hit in 11 of his last 13 games, going 18-for-47 (.383) with five doubles, five homers, 15 RBIs, seven walks and nine runs scored. He has at least one RBI in 10 of those 13 games and has homered in consecutive games twice during that span.
Kyle Hudson can become the 21st player to make his Orioles debut this season. Let me know if you can name the others.
Vladimir Guerrero needs 31 more hits to become the all-time hits leader for Dominican-born players. Guerrero trails only Julio Franco (2,586 hits in 23 seasons) and Manny Ramirez (2,574 hits in 19 seasons).
Adam Jones’ next double will tie his career high of 25 set in 2010. Jones set a career high with his 11th stolen base last night.
J.J. Hardy’s next home run will set a career high, topping the 26 he hit in 2007 for Milwaukee.
Mark Reynolds has struck out in 16 of his last 24 at-bats.
Robert Andino scored his 49th run on Friday, topping his career total in 173 games entering this season.
The Orioles are batting .314 (50-for-159) with runners in scoring position over the last 19 games.
Tomorrow’s starter, Brian Matusz, is 2-2 with a 2.10 ERA in four career starts in New York. All four of those outings have been quality starts.