Rays Vs. Orioles: Rays Swept By Orioles Following 14 Innings Loss

The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles start a crucial three-game series Tuesday night.

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2012 MLB Standings: Rays Lose Ground After Getting Swept

The Tampa Bay Rays suffered a critical blow to their posteason chances when they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles this week. The O's are one of the teams they are chasing for the Wild Card and the division crown. The Rays fell to four games behind the Orioles and the New York Yankees in the AL East and for the last playoff spot.

The Yankees and Orioles are currently tied for the division lead, as well as the Wild Card. Both would advance to the postseason, with a tiebreaker game to be played to determine the AL East champion.

The Rays have plenty of work ahead to get themselves in the mix, as they have four games to make up with just 19 left to play. The good news is that they will have a shot at one of the teams ahead of them, as they start a three-game series with the Yankees on Friday night.

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Rays Vs. Orioles Final Score: Rays Lose In 14 Innings, Swept By Orioles

The Tampa Bay Rays suffered yet another extra innings loss as they were swept by the Baltimore Orioles, losing 3-2 in 14 innings on Thursday afternoon.

Manny Machado was the hero for the Orioles today, bringing home Adam Jones with a two-out RBI single off of Chris Archer.

Jeff Keppinger got the Rays on the board in the top of the fourth, sending a deep fly ball to center that allowed Ben Zobrist to score from third and give Tampa Bay an early 1-0 lead.

Baltimore grabbed the lead in the bottom of the seventh after a fielding blunder by Wade Davis, which allowed Machado to safely reach first base. After a walk and a strike out, Davis' error proved costly when Taylor Teagarden sent a double in the right field gap that brought home Machado and Robert Andino to make it 2-1 for the Orioles.

Tampa Bay tied things back up at two runs a piece in the eighth when Zobrist was able to reach on an infield single that scored Desmond Jennings and forced the game into extra innings.

The Rays will be back in action on Friday, when they take on the New York Yankees in New York City.

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Rays Vs. Orioles Lineup

The Tampa Bay Rays are looking to avoid a sweep Thursday against the Orioles in a crucial series that could go a long way in determining the Wild Card race. The Orioles won Tuesday's game, 9-2, and Wednesday's game, 3-2. The Rays are now three games behind both Baltimore and the New York Yankees, who share a tie for first in the AL East with identical records of 80-62.

Here are the lineups for the game, which gets underway at Camden Yards at 12:35 p.m.

Rays Lineup:

  1. Desmond Jennings, LF
  2. B.J. Upton, CF
  3. Ben Zobrist, SS
  4. Evan Longoria, DH
  5. Ben Francisco, RF
  6. Jeff Keppinger, 3B
  7. Ryan Roberts, 2B
  8. Luke Scott, 1B
  9. Chris Gimenez, C

Jeremy Hellickson, P

Orioles Lineup:

  1. Nate McLouth, LF
  2. J.J. Hardy, SS
  3. Wilson Betemit, DH
  4. Adam Jones, CF
  5. Chris Davis, RF
  6. Manny Machado, 3B
  7. Mark Reynolds, 1B
  8. Robert Andino, 2B
  9. Taylor Teagarden, C

Wei-Yin Chen, P

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Rays Vs. Orioles Game Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Tampa Bay Rays finish up their three-game set against the Baltimore Orioles with an Thursday afternoon tilt at Camden Yards. The Rays will send Jeremy Hellickson to the mound, while the Orioles counter with Wei-Yin Chen. Hellickson checks in at 8-10 on the season with a 3.33 ERA, while Chen comes in at 12-9 with a 4.09 ERA.

In four meetings with the Orioles this season, Hellickson has beaten Baltimore once this season, lost twice and scored one no-decision. Chen has one victory and two losses against Tampa Bay.

With the American League East race tightening, both teams are in serious need of a victory. They'll face each other again in a three-game series in Tampa to close out the season. Few expected Baltimore to be in the AL East race this late in the year, and Thursday afternoon's game could go a long way to determining whether they remain in the hunt.

Time and Date: Sept. 13, 12:35 p.m.

Location: Camden Yards, Baltimore, Md.

TV: MASN (Baltimore), MLB.tv

Radio: WDAE 620 (Tampa Bay), WBAL 1090 (Baltimore)

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Rays Vs. Orioles Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The Tampa Bay Rays face the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday looking to avoid being swept in the three-game series. Tampa Bay went to Baltimore with an opportunity to gain crucial wins in the AL East pennant race as well as gain ground in the AL Wild Card race. After two games, the Rays need a win in order to make anything of the series.

Jeremy Hellickson (8-10, 3.33 ERA) will take the mound for Tampa Bay, while Baltimore sends Wei-Yin Chen (12-9, 4.06 ERA). Hellickson is 1-2 in his last three starts, hasn't seen the seventh inning in any of them, and is 1-3 against the Orioles in 2012.

Hellickson will look for support from Tampa Bay's offense, but he may not have too much of it. Chen is 1-2 in his last three starts against the Rays, but Tampa Bay has combined for eight runs in those three games.

Opportunities are in short supply at this point in the season. The Rays travel to New York for a three-game series against the Yankees starting Friday; salvaging something from their series against Baltimore would be a good way to gain some momentum.

Game Time: 12:35 p.m. ET
Television Coverage: SUN, MASN
Streaming Coverage: MLB.tv

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Rays Vs. Orioles Final Score: Kyle Farnsworth Gives Up Walk-Off As Orioles Win, 3-2

The Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Baltimore Orioles Wednesday night, 3-2, dropping a close game when Kyle Farnsworth gave up a run without retiring a single batter.

After B.J. Upton put the Rays on the board with a solo home run in the top of the first, starter Alex Cobb lost the lead in the bottom of the inning, giving up two runs on four hits. Ben Francisco tied it for the Rays with a two-out double in the top of the third, but Cobb wouldn't last even one more inning. He was pulled in the fourth by manager Joe Maddon with two on and two out. Jake McGee managed to end the fourth with no damage done, and Wade Davis and Joel Peralta combined to deliver the Rays to the ninth with the score still tied 2-2.

The Rays had a shot at pulling ahead in the top of the ninth. Jeff Keppinger singled to center and was replaced on the bases by Rich Thompson. Ben Zobrist flied out, but Thompson was able to advance on a steal. Thompson made a play for home on an Evan Longoria infield single, but he was thrown out at the plate and the game went to the bottom of the ninth with the score still 2-2. The Orioles made quick work of Farnsworth with a single, a bunt and another single to take the game.

With the loss the Rays fall three games behind first-place Baltimore and the Yankees in the AL East standings, and fail to gain any ground in the AL Wild Card race. They'll have another shot in Game 3 of the series as they look to avoid the sweep in an afternoon game, scheduled for 12:35 p.m. ET.

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Rays Vs. Orioles Lineup: Carlos Pena Back At First Base

The Tampa Bay Rays will be looking to rebound after their 9-2 loss to the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. There are just a few minor adjustments in the Rays lineup on Wednesday, starting with Carlos Pena will be back at first base after being a pinch hitter on Tuesday, he also will be batting sixth.

Evan Longoria is back in the field at third base after being the designated hitter, while Jeff Keppninger will be swapping with Longoria and will be playing third base.

Rays lineup:

1. B.J. Upton CF
2. Jeff Keppinger DH
3. Ben Zobrist SS
4. Evan Longoria 3B
5. Ben Francisco LF
6. Carlos Pena 1B
7. Ryan Roberts 2B
8. Matt Joyce RF
9. Jose Molina C
Alex Cobb P

Orioles lineup:

1. Nate McLouth LF
2. J.J. Hardy SS
3. Adam Jones CF
4. Matt Wieters C
5. Wilson Betemit DH
6. Mark Reynolds 1B
7. Chris Davis RF
8. Manny Machado 3B
9. Robert Andino 2B
Miguel Gonzalez P

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Rays Vs. Orioles Game Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

Just two games back of a two-way tie for first place in the American League East between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles, the Tampa Bay Rays square off against the Orioles on Wednesday night for the middle of a three-game set at 7:05 p.m. ET.

The Rays were dealt a tough 9-2 loss on Tuesday night as J.J. Hardy hit two home runs and drove in five to help down the Rays. With just 21 games remaining in each team's regular-season schedule, the mid-September meeting between the two teams will play an integral role in shaping the face of the playoff race down the stretch.

The Rays send Alex Cobb to the mound to silence an Orioles lineup that chased Tuesday's starter Matt Moore after four innings of work and three runs surrendered (two earned). The Orioles counter with Miguel Gonzalez as they look to distance themselves from the Rays in the standings.

Time and Date: September 12, 7:05 p.m.

Location: Camden Yards, Baltimore, Md.

TV: SUN (Tampa Bay), MSN2 (Baltimore), MLB.tv

Radio: WDAE (Tampa Bay), WBAL (Baltimore)

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Rays Vs. Orioles: J.J. Hardy Leads Baltimore Past Tampa Bay, 9-2

In a key late-season American League East matchup, the Baltimore Orioles topped the Tampa Bay Rays behind J.J. Hardy's four hits and five RBI, 9-2.

Rays starter Matt Moore was unable to hold the Orioles hot lineup in check, giving up three runs — two of which were earned — in four innings. Reliever Burke Badenhop came in to start the fifth inning, but was not effective in his one-third of an inning pitched, giving up two earned runs while just retiring one batter. In total, the Rays' bullpen gave up four runs in five innings of work.

Hardy hit two two-run shots, both of which scored Nate McLouth, to highlight his strong showing.

The Rays' runs were gained from solo home runs hit in the third inning by third baseman Ryan Roberts and in the eighth by Elliot Johnson.

In relief of Orioles starter Jason Hammel — who left with an injury — the Baltimore bullpen went 5.1 innings and gave up just one earned run, Johnson's solo homer. Steve Johnson pitched 1.1 innings of hitless ball in relief and recorded the win.

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David Price Injury: Tampa Hurler Set For Friday Start

David Price is set to start Friday for the Tampa Bay Rays, when the Rays open up a weekend series against the New York Yankees.

Price threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and felt well enough to declare himself ready to make the Friday start.

"I felt good today,'' Price said. "I felt very good. IT was a a good step forward today. We should be good to go.''

Price skipped his Saturday start due to what was described as "general soreness" in his shoulder. He said the Rays still don't know the cause, but is confident whatever it was, "I feel like it's gone now.''

Price is certainly in the Cy Young conversation, as he's the owner of a 17-5 record, with a 2.54 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. Price has struck out 175 in 180 and 2/3 innings, while holding opposing hitters to a .225 average.

If the Rays are going to return to the postseason in 2012, they'll likely need Price to be taking the mound every fifth day -- and it looks like he'll be doing just that, starting on Friday.

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Rays Vs. Orioles Starting Lineups: Evan Longoria At DH

The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles open up a crucial series on Tuesday night, as the two American League East clubs jockey for playoff position.

Both Joe Maddon and Buck Showalter have announced the starting lineups for Tuesday night's contest, and they are as follows:

Tampa Bay Rays

CF B.J. Upton
3B Jeff Keppinger
SS Ben Zobrist
DH Evan Longoria
RF Matt Joyce
LF Ben Francisco
1B Luke Scott
2B Ryan Roberts
C Jose Molina

SP Matt Moore

Baltimore Orioles

LF Nate McLouth
SS J.J. Hardy
CF Adam Jones
C Matt Wieters
1B Mark Reynolds
DH Chris Davis
RF Lew Ford
3B Manny Machado
2B Robert Andino

SP Jason Hammel

Despite this series being crucial, Evan Longoria will start at designated hitter on Tuesday night. It's unknown what day, if any, Longoria will play third base against the Orioles, but just having his bat in the lineup is what's most important.

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Rays Vs. Orioles Game Preview: Game Time, TV Schedule And More

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