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Catcher's interference costs Orioles in 4-3 loss to Rays
Catcher's interference costs Orioles in 4-3 loss to Rays

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter and his staff spend the spring breaking down the game into increments of 90 feet – the distance between the basepaths. But one ninth-inning mistake in Thursday’s Grapefruit League game against the Tampa Bay Rays -- a catcher’s interference call on Luis Exposito that allowed the eventual winning run to score -- cost the Orioles a 4-3 decision in front of a record-setting announced 8,797 at Ed Smith Stadium. Rays top prospect Wil Myers laced a leadoff double to left-center off Orioles top prospect Dylan Bundy in the ninth, and he moved to third on a wild pitch by Bundy. Then, with former No. 1 overall pick Tim...

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