The Orioles¿ hopes of winning a division title took a hit Monday night with a 5-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in front of an announced 13,666 at Tropicana Field, snapping the Orioles¿ four-game winning streak.
When the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays begin a three-game series Tuesday at Camden Yards, the two most effective relievers in the American League will be in uniform. It's fair to speculate that without Orioles closer Jim Johnson and Rays closer Fernando Rodney, their teams probably wouldn't be in playoff contention.
Despite having not won a game in nearly a week, the Orioles woke up Friday morning somehow still in first place in the American League East. By the end of the night, their struggles would finally catch up with them.