Orioles manager Brandon Hyde faced redundancy before the Rays.
More questions about the magnitude of the series. How his players would handle it, how he’d handle it.
“I just want our guys to enjoy it,” Hyde said during his daily media session. “This is what you play for all year. Play meaningful games in September. It’s something you always talk about.
“I really want our guys to just relax and enjoy all the moments.”
The fun times began with Cedric Mullins’ running, diving catch in right-center field to rob Taylor Walls in the second inning and likely save a run. They accelerated with Ryan O’Hearn’s leadoff homer in the bottom half and Gunnar Henderson’s 26th in the fourth.