In the ninth inning of the Orioles’ April 18 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays, their only win in four games thus far against their American League East rival, Baltimore third baseman Rio Ruiz smoked a line drive a projected 306 feet into right field.
Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe caught it.
It was one of a handful of times Ruiz faced a four-man outfield in the series at Tropicana Field, and with the Rays visiting Camden Yards for a series this weekend, it’s possible he’ll see it again. Ruiz emphasized the key to succeeding against such a shift is to avoid changing his approach.
"Find a good pitch to hit and put a barrel on it,” Ruiz said. “Sometimes, there's...