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Rays Vs. Orioles: Tampa Bay Looks To Avoid Sweep At Hands Of Baltimore

This weekend at Camden Yards, the Tampa Bay Rays (20-14) have discovered what all of baseball is just figuring out: the 2012 Baltimore Orioles (22-12) are legit. In a weekend series that was a battle for AL East supremacy, Baltimore has taken the first two games from Tampa Bay and looks for the sweep on Sunday.

The Rays will send Big Game James Shields (5-1, 3.23 ERA) to the mound, looking to steal one victory in the series and stop a three-game slide by Joe Maddon's club. In 10 career starts at Camden Yards, the righty is 5-1 with a 3.44.

Baltimore will counter with Jake Arrieta (2-3, 4.23 ERA). Arrieta defeated Tampa Bay twice last season, but has struggled mightily in his last three home starts, going 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA.

We'll have plenty more on this game throughout the weekend here on SB Nation Tampa Bay, so keep it locked to this StoryStream for all of the latest news and available updates. For more on this and every series for the Tampa Bay Rays, please head over to DRaysBay. For some perspective from the other dugout please check out Camden Chat, SB Nation's Baltimore Orioles blog. As always, you can check out SB Nation's MLB Baseball hub pagefor more on this and every Major League Baseball series.

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