Break up the Orioles.
The O's, with their 2-0 shutout of the Rays on Friday, have won two consecutive road games for the first time since April 5-6 at Yankee Stadium. They've improved their road record to 7-21, which means they're no longer on pace for the worst road record in Orioles history -- they're currently three percentage points better than the 1988 Orioles, who went 20-61 away from Baltimore.
Of course, a loss this afternoon would stifle that progress and put the O's right back on track for the worst record. So don't say there's nothing riding on this game!
The Rays are continuing their starting-a-reliever strategy today with righty Ryne Stanek, whose previous 27 major league appearances have all come in relief. Perhaps he'll last last longer than the two-thirds of an inning Sergio Romo worked on Friday. Stanek is expected to be followed early in the game by left-hander Anthony Banda, so Buck Showalter is using his customary lineup against southpaws that features Danny Valencia, Joey Rickard, Craig Gentry, and Andrew Susac (but not Mark Trumbo, who is still out with a sore knee).
Andrew Cashner goes for the Orioles, fresh off getting a (frankly, undeserved) win against the White Sox, in which he was aided by several Chicago TOOTBLANs and a game-saving Mychal Givens relief performance.
|BALTIMORE ORIOLES||TAMPA BAY RAYS|
|Trey Mancini - 1B||Brad Miller - 1B|
|Adam Jones - CF||C.J. Cron - DH|
|Manny Machado - SS||Joey Wendle - 2B|
|Jonathan Schoop - 2B||Wilson Ramos - C|
|Danny Valencia - 3B||Matt Duffy - 3B|
|Chris Davis - DH||Mallex Smith - CF|
|Joey Rickard - RF||Daniel Robertson - SS|
|Andrew Susac - C||Carlos Gomez - RF|
|Craig Gentry - LF||Rob Refsnyder - LF|
|Andrew Cashner - RHP||Ryne Stanek - RHP|