Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Posted Apr 16, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 04:19 PM
BALTIMORE The Rays will try to end their three-game losing streak – and maybe score more than two runs – tonight against the Orioles at Camden Yards.
Roberto Hernandez, 0-2 with a 6.08 ERA in two starts, will be on the hill for the Rays.
The Orioles, which won two of three against the Rays during the opening series of the season, are in third place in the AL East at 6-6, two games ahead of the 4-6 Rays, who trail the first place Red Sox by four games.
“They’re tough to pitch against, because they do have some good hitters up and down the lineup and they got some guys that have been hot,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “Their starting pitching, I think, has the potential to be very good. It hasn’t arrived at that point yet.”
The Orioles offense is led by center fielder Adam Jones, who is second in the AL with a .412 batting average, third with 21 hits and fourth in runs with 12.
But the O’s are powered first baseman Chris Davis, who leads the AL in home runs (6), extra-base hits (10), total bases (37) and slugging percentage (.902) and is tied with Price Fielder of the Tigers for the RBI lead with 19. Davis is also hitting .366.
Many expect the Orioles to have a let down after 2012’s 93-win season, which earned the team its first postseason trip since 1997 and a trip to the American League Division Series. Maddon isn’t among that group.
“Their mental energy is better,” Maddon said. “They have a stronger belief in themselves, and that’s where it really begins. If you want to talk about what’s going on here right now, we have new guys who have to get that strong belief in themselves. They’re playing their game already, and it’s a good game.”
Here are the lineups:
Hernandez RHP (0-2, 6.08)
Arrieta RHP (0-0, 7.20)