The Orioles' offense, which racked up 17 runs and 23 hits in the first two games of the series, was contained by A.J. Burnett and four Yankees relievers. The Orioles had seven hits Thursday, with only one, a sixth-inning single by Ty Wigginton, coming after the fourth inning. Felix Pie and Chad Moeller, who were hitting seventh and eighth, respectively, had four of the hits.
Expected to be a strength this season, the Orioles' bullpen didn't have a strong showing in the series. Orioles relievers allowed five earned runs in four innings Thursday and 11 earned runs in 11 innings (9.00 ERA) in the three-game series. Chris Ray had another disappointing outing, surrendering two earned runs on three hits in an inning to leave his ERA at 27.00 after two appearances.
The Orioles will start a three-game series with the reigning American League champions Friday night at 7:05 with left-hander Mark Hendrickson making his Orioles debut. Hendrickson pitched three seasons for Tampa Bay, compiling a 25-31 record. Right-hander Andy Sonnanstine starts for the Rays, looking to improve on his 2-2 record against the Orioles.