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Orioles-Rays in Montreal? Tampa Bay exploring two-city split

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Orioles-Rays in Montreal? Tampa Bay exploring two-city split

The Tampa Bay Rays are considering a drastic plan to help their attendance woes. The Rays received permission to explore splitting home games between the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, according to a report from ESPN's Jeff Passan.

Under the plan, the Rays would play early-season home games in the Tampa Bay area and the remainder of the year in Montreal. Both cities would get new stadiums.

It also means that opposing teams - like the Orioles - would be faced with an interesting travel schedule. The Baltimore Orioles and their traveling fans will have to break out the passports for September games.

But, Tampa Bay may have dropped a bombshell knowing it was a long shot. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman shot down the idea of a new stadium. "After 12 years of indecision... I am tired of the games that are being played related to getting a new stadium built," he told reporters.

At the very least, the "two-city solution" is a unique attempt to revive a club that ranks second-to-last in attendance this season despite owning the fourth-best record in the American League. The Rays would stay in Florida before the stadium's lease expires in 2027.

Montreal hasn't had an MLB team since the Expos left for Washington and became the Nationals in 2004.

Passan says there are "significant hurdles" to the plan becoming reality. But, the thought of the O's going north of the Canadian border for a late-season game against their AL East rival is an intriguing one.

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini dons golden sombrero in loss to Rays

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Trey Mancini dons golden sombrero in loss to Rays

The Orioles were shut out by the Tampa Bay Rays 7-0 Friday night. 

Here's the latest Orioles and Rays news.

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Trey Mancini donned the golden sombrero in Friday's loss, going 0-4 with four strikeouts. Mancini's been one of the few bright spots in Baltimore's lineup this season, but things went very poorly against the Rays. 

Dan Straily's record fell to 1-3 on the season as he gave up five runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings of work Friday. A three-run homer in the fourth inning was the big blow, Straily's ERA jumping to 7.43 after another rough start. 

RAYS: 

Mike Zunino delivered that big blow, his third home run of the season putting Tampa Bay up 4-0. LF Tommy Pham collected three hits and drove in two runs, while DH Nate Lowe recorded his first career RBI with a sacrfice fly in the sixth inning.

RHP Tyler Glasnow continued his dominant start to the season, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out eight Orioles. The 25-year old is now 6-0 on the season and sports the AL's best ERA at 1.47. 

Injuries: 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

Coming Up:

Saturday 5/4: Rays @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Sunday 5/5: Rays @ Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Monday 5/6: Red Sox @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Source: Rotoworld

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander sent back down to Norfolk

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Baltimore Orioles Roundup: Anthony Santander sent back down to Norfolk

The Baltimore Orioles had a day off Thursday as they travel back home to take on the Tampa Bay Rays this weekend. 

Here's the latest Orioles and Rays news.

Player Notes: 

ORIOLES:

Baltimore returned OF Anthony Santander to Triple-A Norfolk Thursday. Santander served as the 26th man for the Orioles' double-header against the White Sox Wednesday, hitting a home run and drawing a walk in his first MLB action this season. 

3B prospect Ryan Mountcastle collected four hits for Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday night. The 22-year old is now hitting .324 for the 2019 season. 

RAYS: 

Tampa Bay defeated the Royals 3-1 Thursday afternoon, closer Diego Castillo recording his fourth save in the win. Starting pitcher Charlie Morton struck out nine and allowed just one run over 6 2/3 innings but did not factor into the decision, while 2B Brandon Lowe went 2-for-4 and hit the go-ahead homer in the ninth inning. 

The Rays placed RHP Hunter Wood on the 10-day IL with right shoulder soreness, recalling RHP Casey Sadler from Triple-A Durham to take Wood's place in the bullpen. 

Injuries: 

RP Richard Bleier: Shoulder, 10-Day IL

SP Nate Karns: Arm, 10-Day IL

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-Day IL

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 10-Day IL

Coming Up:

Friday 5/3: Rays @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Saturday 5/4: Rays @ Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Sunday 5/5: Rays @ Orioles, 1:05 p.m., Camden Yards

Source: Rotoworld

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