Baltimore Sun

Rays of sunshine

Bring on the Devil Rays. And then don't let them go.

The Orioles have won 11 of their last 13 games against Tampa Bay and are 10-2 in the last 12 games played at Camden Yards. They're 33-13 vs. the Rays since the end of the 2004 season.


If you noticed that Daniel Cabrera wasn't throwing his breaking ball very much, he has a hangnail on his right index finger - caused, he says, by throwing his breaking ball too much in his last start. Manager Sam Perlozzo considered taking him out after the fifth inning, but wanted to push him a little further, and Cabrera retired the side with ease.

At least his ankle wasn't bothering him.


Don't expect to see Danys Baez on Friday. He's pitched in three straight games. It would have been three in a row for Chris Ray, too, if the Orioles hadn't scored three runs in the eighth.

Chad Bradford only faced two batters, however, and Jamie Walker one. And John Parrish is rested.

Devil Rays manager Joe Maddon was trying to save third baseman Ty Wigginton from being ejected in the fifth inning, but he couldn't get to him in time.

"No, I can't run fast enough," he said. "My legs are bad. If I had a bicycle there, I might have gotten there in time. I got out there and it was just that much too late."