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  W: B. Snell (5-7)   L: K. Gausman (11-12)
12:10 PM PT1:10 PM MT2:10 PM CT3:10 PM ET15:10 ET19:10 GMT3:10 12:10 PM MST2:10 PM EST2:40 PM VEN23:10 UAE2:10 PM CT, October 1, 2017
Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Florida  Attendance: 16,018

Rays host skidding Orioles in finale

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Baltimore Orioles at Tampa Bay Rays

  1. The Rays and Orioles have split 16 meetings this season (8-8), as well as six matchups at Tampa Bay (3-3). The Rays haven't won the season series since going 13-6 against Baltimore in 2013.
  2. Tampa Bay had lost three straight before a 9-6 win over the Yankees Thursday. The Rays had a seven-run fifth inning in the win, tied for their most runs in any inning this season (also ninth inning on May 14 at Boston).
  3. The Orioles' 7-18 record this month is the second worst in the majors, ahead of only Detroit (5-22). At 75-84, Baltimore is assured of its first losing season since going 69-93 in 2011.
  4. Manny Machado is just the second Orioles player all-time with 30 or more home runs in three straight seasons, joining Rafael Palmeiro (four straight, 1995-98).
  5. Over his last 12 games, Wilson Ramos is batting .415 (17/41) with five home runs and 15 RBI. For the season he's batting .309 in home games, compared to .225 on the road.
  6. Over his last four starts, Jake Odorizzi is 3-1 with a 1.21 ERA (3/22.1). That includes a win on Saturday in Baltimore in which he allowed one run (none earned) and three hits in 6.0 innings, striking out nine.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/29/2017 thru 10/1/2017

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles are a week removed from even mathematical playoff contention, and as they close out disappointing seasons Sunday, there are still individuals hoping to end 2017 on a positive note.

"We're all trying to finish strong, regardless," said Rays second baseman Brad Miller, who hit a three-run home run in Saturday's 4-3 win. "That's the good thing about our team. I feel we have short memories, regardless of what we've done in the past. You have to earn it every day."

For the Orioles, Saturday was their sixth loss in the last seven and the 18th in 22 games as they fell hard out of wild-card contention in the final month of the season. Injuries have played a role in that, like seeing shortstop J.J. Hardy come through with two hits Saturday after missing a big chunk of the season.

"There's a big heart there, and it's pretty obvious what it's meant for us not to have him for 88 games, not necessarily offensively, but he made a couple of plays today that not many shortstops make," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.

The Rays finish the 2017 season with left-hander Blake Snell on the mound. The second-year pitcher had bounced back nicely in the last two months until lasting only one inning Tuesday for the Rays' shortest start in the last five years.

Snell (4-7, 4.27 ERA) gave up four runs on four hits in his one inning against the New York Yankees, but before that had gone 10 straight starts without taking a loss, this after opening the season with 15 straight starts without a win.

Snell is 0-1 with a 5.56 ERA against Baltimore in two career starts, including a seven-inning outing July 24 in which he took the loss despite a quality start.

The Orioles counter with right-hander Kevin Gausman, who is 11-11 with a 4.81 ERA on the season, but has owned the Rays. In two starts against Tampa Bay this season, he's 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, with only seven hits in 13 scoreless innings and 17 strikeouts. For his career against the Rays, he's 5-4 with a 3.82 ERA.

Tampa Bay has clinched third place in the American League East -- its best divisional finish since 2013. The Orioles go into the final day of the season tied with the Toronto Blue Jays for fourth place, the tiniest consolation to take into the offseason if they can finish ahead with one last win.

Both teams will have busy offseasons. Showalter is no lock to return with Baltimore after a disappointing drop-off from 89 wins last season, and the Rays have said they'll trim their payroll in the offseason after again dealing with low attendance at Tropicana Field, leaving open the possibility of key players being traded away before 2018 begins.

Updated October 1, 2017

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