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Can we schedule more games against the Devil Rays, say about another 40 or so?

The Orioles completed a three-game sweep of Tampa Bay, 11-6, at Camden Yards last night.  The O's are 5-1 against those Rays and headed off for Fenway to take on the AL East-leading Bosox.  You know, the nice thing about playing Tampa Bay is that not only do the Orioles get to improve their record (only a game under .500), but it's good medicine for the hitters.  Last night, it was Kevin Millar (three-run homer) and Corey Patterson (3-for-5, 3 RBIs) who flashed at the plate.

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* Baltimore will be testing its mettle against arguably the best team in baseball.  Last night, the Red Sox crushed Toronto, 8-0, as Tim Wakefield threw seven scoreless innings and the Boston lineup roughed up none other than Roy Halladay for 11 hits, and all eight of the runs, in five innings.  The Red Sox outscored the Blue Jays, 26-5, in a three-game sweep.

* And Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 569th career homer last night -- tying Rafael Palmeiro for ninth on the all-time list -- in Cincinnati's 9-5 win over Houston.  Griffey has four home runs in his last eight games. Junior said last night that the hand injury he suffered earlier may have actually helped him be more more selective about the pitches at which he swings. Still, Griffey was quoted as saying, "I wouldn't recommend it as a way to learn patience."

* The Detroit-Chicago second-round series in the NBA playoffs is all but over.  The Pistons overcame a 19-point Bulls lead in Chicago to win, 81-74, to go ahead 3-0. Interesting stat: The Pistons are holding the Bulls to an average of 77 points per game.  With the Cavs holding a 2-0 edge over the Nets (Game 3 tomorrow in New Jersey), you can pretty much pencil in that Detroit-Cleveland matchup in the Eastern Conference finals.

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