Posted June 06, 2013 on AP on Fox
Since getting swept by the Tampa Bay Rays last month, the Baltimore Orioles have been one of the hottest teams in baseball. The visiting Orioles will try to keep rolling with a better performance against the Rays in a three-game series that begins Friday night. Baltimore gave up 25 runs in its three home losses to Tampa Bay from May 17-19, part of a season-high six-game losing streak. Since that skid, the Orioles (34-26) have won 11 of 16 despite their pitchers still not performing at their best. Baltimore's staff has a 4.96 ERA over that stretch, but the Orioles are batting .303 and producing 5.3 runs per game. They totaled 11 hits in a 3-1 victory in Houston on Thursday with J.J. Hardy going 4 for 4. Hardy is 11 for 19 in five games this month and Chris Davis, who had two hits Thursday, is batting .475 (28 for 59) with seven homers in his last 15 contests. "He's just so steady, a steady human being. J.J, he likes to win," manager Buck Showalter said. "H...
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