ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Joey Rickard hit a tiebreaking double in the ninth inning and the Baltimore Orioles, boosted by three home runs, beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-5 Sunday. Caleb Joseph, Trey Mancini and Jonathan Schoop homered for the Orioles. It was 5-all when Joseph opened the ninth with his third hit, a single off Alex Colome (1-3). Rickard put the Orioles ahead, Schoop was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Adam Jones added a sacrifice fly. Brad Brach (2-1) earned the win with two innings of shutout relief. Schoop's 15th home run, a solo shot off reliever Chase Whitley, tied in the eighth. Evan Longoria's three-run homer off starter Chris Tillman put the Rays up 5-3 in the fifth.
The Orioles have a tough choice to make over the next month heading into MLB’s trade deadline. Should they buy or should they sell? Every win keeps the O’s in the hunt of a crowded wild card race with no AL team running away with either of those spots yet. Every loss seems to confirm the hopeless cause that we all fear this team might be. On Monday, I wrote about the Orioles as potential trade deadline sellers. That could still end up happening. But here we are in the middle of a three-game winning streak, with the Orioles back at .500, just 1.5 games out of a wild card spot and 4.5 games away from the AL East lead. With the way they’ve played over the last month, it seems crazy to think of the
It began one month ago in St. Petersburg, Fla., when the Angels’ radio play-by-play man, Terry Smith, informed the team’s television analyst, Mark Gubicza, that the Angels were 7-0 on Tuesdays in 2017. Every Tuesday on Fox Sports West, Gubicza hosts a signature segment, in which he asks players their preferences in specific categories like burgers, candies, or superheroes. “First of all, I have zero effect on the game, nor do I think I have any effect on the game, other than the entertainment part of it,” Gubicza said. An effervescent, relentlessly positive man, Gubicza has taken to reminding players and coaches of the fun fact, grinning as he does it on the bus or in the dugout hours before a game.