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Remember when a win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays was as improbable a prospect for the Orioles as getting Lindsay Lohan to attend a temperance lecture?

Amazingly, the Birds can get a sweep of said Devil Rays in just a few hours at Camden Yards, after last night's 6-1 win. Even if you discount the ineptitude of the Devil Rays -- and that's a tough chore -- the Orioles are on a decent roll since the All-Star break, with eight wins in their last 11 games. Of course, the real challenge to their momentum will come this weekend when the Yankees arrive, but that's another story for another time.

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The injury news was mixed, as closer Chris Ray went on the 15-day disabled list last night with inflammation in his right elbow, a situation that bears very close watching down the road. Meanwhile, shortstop Miguel Tejada played at Double-A Bowie in a rehabilitation assignment from a fractured left wrist. The news from Prince George's County Stadium was not so much Tejada's 0-for-3 performance at the plate, but that he got through the night pain-free.

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