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Oriole players are the happiest to be home

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Oriole players are the happiest to be home

BALTIMORE – For the Orioles, there’s no place like home.

“We’re tired of playing in visiting cities. We’re ready to get a home field advantage,” Caleb Joseph said.

“We’ve been on the road so long that it feels like spring training.”

The last time the Orioles played at home, Joseph pantomimed signing an autograph for an imaginary fan.

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Adam Jones couldn’t wait to get back to Baltimore.

“I missed my own bed,” Jones said.

There’s been lots of talk about how much was lost due to the riots, not only for the five missed home games, but other businesses in downtown Baltimore.

“Spending money at Camden Yards is spending money in the community,” Jones said.

“Sports have always been that bridge. Those three hours, you get away from your reality and you go to the park, watch a great game.”

Zach Britton was disappointed that the May 1-3 games were relocated from Baltimore to Tampa Bay without the Rays coming here in July. He would have preferred to play at home with no fans that weekend.

“It’s nice to get home. You appreciate your fans a lot more,” Britton said. “I think we understand that this is just a game. There are other bigger things going on out there.”

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Illness keeping Chris Davis out of lineup

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Illness keeping Chris Davis out of lineup

The Baltimore Orioles fell to the Tampa Bay Rays 8-1 in the second game of their three-game set Wednesday. 

Here's the latest Orioles and Rays news:

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Starting pitcher David Hess surrendered six runs on eight hits in just two-plus innings of work Wednesday, falling to 1-3 on the season and raising his ERA to 5.57. The Rays crushed three homers off the 25-year-old, including back-to-back bombs in the third inning. 

Center fielder Cedric Mullins' cold start to the season continued Wednesday, going 0-for-3 in the loss. He's now batting just .098 in 51 at-bats this season. 

Chris Davis was left out of Baltimore's starting lineup for the second straight game due to illness. Renato Nunez started at first base in his place Wednesday, with Trey Mancini as the designated hitter. 

The Orioles activated catcher Austin Wynns from the 10-day injured list and optioned him to Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday. In four minor league rehab games before being activated, Wynns went 5-for-17 with two doubles and four RBI. 

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The Tampa Bay lineup teed off on Orioles pitching Wednesday night. Second baseman Brandon Lowe went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run, third baseman Yandy Diaz also homered and doubled and catcher Mike Zunino collected three hits and drove in a run. 

Reliever Yonny Chirinos went five scoreless innings to pick up the win against Baltimore, his third of the season. Chrinos allowed just one hit and one walk after relieving Ryne Stanek following the first inning. 

Right-hander Hunter Wood will start Thursday against the Orioles, acting as Tampa Bay's opener. 

Blake Snell played catch and reportedly threw from 90 feet away Wednesday, a day after the reigning AL Cy Young winner was placed on the 10-day injured list with a toe injury. 

Second baseman Joey Wendle played five innings in an extended spring training game Wednesday, collecting two hits. If all goes well, Wendle could be back with the Rays by the end of the weekend.

Injuries: 

1B Chris Davis: Illness, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Thursday 4/18: Orioles @ Rays, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Friday 4/19: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Saturday 4/20: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Dylan Bundy continues to struggle keeping the ball in the park

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Dylan Bundy continues to struggle keeping the ball in the park

The Baltimore Orioles kicked off their midweek series with the Tampa Bay Rays Tuesday, but they fell short in game one. Here's the latest Orioles and Rays news:

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Starting pitcher Dylan Bundy allowed three runs at Tampa Bay Tuesday night, all of which came from the long ball. Bundy tossed five innings in total, striking out five, but was saddled with the loss after his tough fourth inning. Trey Mancini finished 2-for-5 with a run scored in the Orioles' win over the Red Sox on Monday. Mancini has not found a pitcher that he cannot hit off of after starting the year with a .343/.400/.701 batting line with six home runs, 12 RBI, and 17 runs. A big return for the 27-year-old after last year's slump.

Outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. stayed hot at the plate, singling twice and scoring a run in the series opener against the Rays. It was his second straight game with multiple hits

First baseman Chris Davis was originally in Tuesday's lineup, but was scratched late due to an illness. Davis is coming off a nice series in Boston in which he recorded his first hit of the season, and also hit two doubles and a home run.

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Starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow tossed seven innings against the Orioles, allowing just two runs. He was shaky early, but finished with three strikeouts and zero walks in the winning effort. 

Outfielder Avisail Garcia crushed a two-run home run off Dylan Bundy to give the Rays a lead they would not relinquish, and he also added an RBI single later in the game for insurance.

Injuries: 

1B Chris Davis: Illness, day-to-day 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

C Austin Wynns: Oblique, 10-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

Coming Up:

Wednesday 4/17: Orioles @ Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Thursday 4/18: Orioles @ Tampa Bay, 7:10 p.m., Tropicana Field 

Friday 4/19: Twins @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards 

Source: Rotoworld

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