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The Rays loaded the bases with one out in the third inning, and Olson escaped the jam by getting a force at home and striking out B.J. Upton on three pitches, the last a 91-mph fastball. They got an infield hit and walk to begin the fifth, and Olson retired the next three batters.

Olson seems more inclined to challenge the Rays instead of doing the kind of nibbling that defined his stint with the club last season. He looks tough off the field. He's been pretty tough on the mound tonight, which the Orioles have been waiting to see.

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Olson's fastball is topping out at 91 mph. He just threw 89-mph "heat" to retire Jonny Gomes on a fly ball.

The Orioles lead, 3-0, in the sixth, but the margin could be greater. Eric Hinske made a diving catch in right field to rob Kevin Millar and end the second inning after consecutive run-scoring singles by Melvin Mora and Nick Markakis. And Adam Jones tripped after rounding third base, or he would have scored on Ramon Hernandez's double in the third.

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