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3B Evan Longoria improved his career average against Yankees LHP CC Sabathia to .403 by going 2-for-4 with a double on Thursday in a 10-2 loss at Tropicana Field. Longoria also reached on an error but was the lead runner wiped out in a 5-4-3 triple play hit into by 1B Sean Rodriguez.

Orioles blank Rays, sweep rain-shortened series

Orioles blank Rays, sweep rain-shortened series BALTIMORE -- The Orioles are beginning to get the solid starting pitching they could not find earlier this month. That is a big reason why the wins are starting to pile up.

Preview: Rays at Orioles

With three important starting pitchers on the disabled list, the Tampa Bay Rays need more from their offense than it has produced the last nine days. The Rays look to get their bats going after scoring 14 times in the last eight games when they visit the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday. The Orioles’ bats perked up in the series opener Monday as they recorded 13 hits in a 7-1 victory after losing 11 of the last 13 contests against the Rays last season.

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RHP Jake Odorizzi was still expected to make his start Tuesday against the Orioles even after coming down with an illness Monday prior to the series opener. Rays trainer Ron Porterfield advised Odorizzi to go back to the hotel to get some rest. "Ronny didn't think he was that bad, but we just wanted to isolate him," Maddon said.

Preview: Rays at Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles are still waiting for their vaunted offense from last season to reappear as they host the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday to start a three-game series. The Orioles led the majors in home runs and finished fifth in scoring a year ago, but have gotten off to an inconsistent start with the bats while losing seven of 12 games. It won’t be easy to get going against Tampa Bay, which sends talented 25-year-old Chris Archer to the mound in the opener.

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RHP Chris Archer has been preparing for his start on Monday at Baltimore. "They've added some depth to their lineup, added some speed," Archer said. "We've been working on it all week. They are strong. But I feel like we're fully prepared." Archer, who signed an 8-year, $25.5 million contract on April 2, is 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three appearances, two starts, against the Orioles.

Bats come alive as Reds rout Rays

Bats come alive as Reds rout Rays CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds hope Sunday's game is a sign of things to come for their struggling offense. Pinch-hitter Chris Heisey's first career grand slam was one of three home runs hit Sunday by Cincinnati, and left-hander Tony Cingrani pitched six strong innings, lifting the Reds to a 12-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in the finale of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park.

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RHP Alex Cobb retired the first eight batters he faced on Saturday and cruised through seven innings, allowing only four hits, with no walks and four strikeouts. Cobb has pitched 15 1/3 scoreless innings dating to his first start on April 1. His performances of late are a huge boost for the Rays rotation, which could lose LHP Matt Moore for an extended period because of a sore elbow.

Preview: Rays at Reds

The Tampa Bay Rays must show off their pitching depth with Matt Moore out indefinitely with an injury and Jeremy Hellickson still several weeks away from a return to the rotation. Veteran left-hander Cesar Ramos gets the first chance at Moore’s spot Sunday when the visiting Rays go for a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. Cincinnati has lost four straight series to open the season after managing only one run combined in the last two days against David Price and Alex Cobb.

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LHP Matt Moore is eager to begin throwing and avoid having surgery on his sore left elbow. Moore said Friday he is waiting for team orthopedic physician Dr. Koco Eaton to review his MRIs before determining next steps. Eaton is out of the country until Sunday. Moore was placed on the 15-day DL with left elbow soreness on Tuesday. Manager Joe Maddon now is calling Moore's injury a strain.
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