American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, August 26
(All times Eastern)
Tampa Bay Rays (64-67) at Baltimore Orioles (74-55), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Alex Cobb (9-6, 3.01)
Baltimore - Wei-Yin Chen (13-4, 3.76)
(SportsNetwork.com) - There's something about Baltimore.
After a weekend series at Wrigley Field in which their bats were collectively
stifled, the Orioles returned home with a literal bang on Monday night and
will try to continue the explosion on Tuesday night when they host the Tampa
Bay Rays in game two of a four-game set at Camden Yards.
The Orioles lost three straight to the Cubs over the weekend in which they
scored just four runs and batted .143 as a team while striking out 26 times.
Back in Maryland, though, every starter had at least one hit and the team
scored six runs in the fifth inning alone on the way to a 9-1 laugher.
Baltimore will play 20 of its next 26 games at home, where it is 16-5 since
"It's good because it seemed like y'all went in panic mode when we got swept
in Chicago," said Orioles slugger Delmon Young. "We weren't scoring many runs,
but it happens and then we're back in our division at home facing a guy we've
seen before, a team we play, we know their tendencies and everything."
In their last six games at Camden Yards, the Orioles have averaged 8.3 runs
They face a steeper challenge in Tampa Bay's Alex Cobb, however, considering
that the right-hander has won seven straight decisions in his last 10 starts
-- during which he's posted an earned run average below 2.00 and allowed two
or fewer runs in eight straight outings.
He beat Detroit -- and ex-Ray David Price -- in his last start, throwing seven
shutout innings in a 1-0 triumph on Thursday.
The first win in the streak came at Baltimore on June 29, in fact, when he was
touched for four runs in five innings but emerged with a 12-7 win. In four
prior starts against the Orioles, he'd been 3-1 with a 0.95 ERA.
Tampa Bay is 21-7 on the road since June 28, and remains the only team in
baseball that's above .500 on the road and below .500 at home.
"We just take this one and throw it in the trash and come back tomorrow," Rays
manager Joe Maddon said.
Lefty Wei-Yin Chen gets the call for the Orioles amid a stretch in which he's
won six of seven decisions across eight starts and allowed three runs or fewer
He earned his career-best 13th win on Wednesday after allowing three runs in 7
1/3 innings of a 4-3 defeat of the Chicago White Sox.
Chen has split two decisions against the Rays this season while maintaining a
4.96 ERA. In his last three starts at home, though, he's 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA.
On Monday, Young went 3-for-3 with three RBI and teammates Nick Markakis,
Steve Pearce, J.J. Hardy and Chris Davis also homered as Baltimore hammered
Jake Odorizzi for eight runs in the Rays starter's four-plus innings of work.
Pearce, Adam Jones and Jonathan Schoop all collected two hits in the rout,
supporting seven strong innings from Chris Tillman.
Tillman (11-5) yielded just one unearned run on three hits to extend his
unbeaten streak to eight straight starts.
Odorizzi (9-11) served up four of Baltimore's long balls and 11 of the
Orioles' 14 hits.
The O's are 9-4 against the Rays this season.
08/26 10:30:42 ET