After 18 innings last night, I don't know how they can show up at the stadium today, let alone play, but that's what makes them the professionals. The Orioles, in particular, did not even get into their Tampa hotel rooms until 3:30am Friday morning, then had to go out and play that game. Now they play again. Baltimore Sun writer Dan Connolly tweeted after a mistake-filled 15th that they were "dying on the vine". Here goes nothing.
Lose any of the next three games and it might as well be lights out. Win three in a row and hope still lives.
The Orioles have fortified their bullpen for this game by adding Mike Belfiore and Zach Britton to the roster, if you can call such a move fortifying the bullpen.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Nate McLouth (L) - LF||David DeJesus (L) - LF|
|Manny Machado (R) - 3B||Desmond Jennings (R) - CF|
|Chris Davis (L) - 1B||Ben Zobrist (S) - 2B|
|Adam Jones (R) - CF||Evan Longoria (R) - 3B|
|Nick Markakis (L) - RF||Wil Myers (R) - RF|
|J.J. Hardy (R) - SS||Delmon Young (R) - DH|
|Danny Valencia (R) - DH||James Loney (L) - 1B|
|Steve Clevenger (L) - C||Jose Molina (R) - C|
|Alexi Casilla (S) - 2B||Yunel Escobar (R) - SS|