On Friday night (and Saturday morning), the Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays combined for the longest game, time-wise, in both franchises' histories, a six hour, 54-minute, 18-inning ordeal that ended on David DeJesus' single to right that gave the celebrating Rays a 5-4 win.
Winning 16 straight extra-inning games last season, the Orioles managed to write chapter after chapter of unforgettable endings. But Thursday night's first extra-inning game of the season, a 10-inning 10-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays, might have topped them all.
Brian Roberts and Nolan Reimold were hoping the Orioles would afford them one more chance to prove they are healthy enough to contribute. In Tuesday's season-opening 7-4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays, the duo combined to go 4-for-8; each had two singles.
Orioles ace right hander Jason Hammel, who underwent arthroscopic right knee surgery on July 15, is slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery and is about 1 ½ weeks from throwing off a mound, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
With starting rightfielder Nick Markakis shelved with wrist surgery, making him the eighth Orioles player on the disabled list, manager Buck Showalter had to be creative making Friday night's lineup against the Rays at Tropicana Field.