It only took until the third inning for the first fan to approach me in front of the press box and mention that 4-2 prediction. But he also pointed out that he hasn't missed reading the blog in more than a year, so he gets a free pass.
The Rays are getting plenty of them. Why should he be any different?
The Orioles are having major problems with the scoreboard. Every time I look up, it's 2-0 and there's a 0-0 count on the batter. The numbers are corrected, then they're wrong again.
Still working out the bugs, I suppose.
Carlos Pena's two-run homer in the fifth has given Tampa Bay a 5-3 lead. Randor Bierd is warming in the bullpen.
At least somebody's warm.
Interesting decision by manager Dave Trembley to have Daniel Cabrera intentionally walk Cliff Floyd and load the bases with one out in the third. Yes, Floyd crushed a three-run homer earlier, but that was Cabrera's fourth walk. Seemed pretty risky, but Willy Aybar struck out looking and Dioner Navarro grounded out.
Cabrera just issued another walk to load the bases with no outs. This one wasn't intentional. And here comes Bierd to make his major league debut. Good luck.