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Orioles continue to sink with series loss at Rays as trade deadline nears

Orioles continue to sink with series loss at Rays as trade deadline nears

After the Orioles continued to tread water in a muddled playoff race by losing their series at the Tampa Bay Rays, manager Buck Showalter refused to place added importance on the team’s upcoming series in Texas — the club’s final three games before the nonwaiver trade deadline.

On the surface, he wants his players to play with blinders on, to keep their focus on the field and not on the potential of going into sell mode before Monday’s 4 p.m. deadline.

“They’re all important, regardless of what some false deadline [creates what] some people perceive it as,” Showalter said. “No, they’re all important because we’re trying to get into the playoffs and be the last team standing....

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