Rays-Orioles Preview

During an unexpected day off, the Baltimore Orioles became the only undefeated team in the majors.

They'll look to stay that way by matching the best start in franchise history as they host the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday.

Baltimore is 4-0 for the second time in 20 seasons following Friday's 6-1 series-opening victory. As Saturday's game was postponed due to bad weather, the only other teams which had been unbeaten - Detroit and Pittsburgh - both lost.

The only time Baltimore has been 5-0 was in 1970, though the franchise had the same record in 1944 when it was known as the St. Louis Browns. The Orioles should have the chance to equal that mark Sunday with no rain in the forecast and temperatures expected to surpass 50 degrees.

Adam Jones and J.J. Hardy may return after getting an extra day to rest. Jones has missed two games with sore ribs, and Hardy sat out Friday with calf tightness.

Manager Buck Showalter wouldn't say for certain if either player would return, but the cold and rain factored into why they weren't in the lineup Saturday.

"I'll never say never on it," Showalter told MLB's official website. " ... If it's 70 degrees, I'll probably lean toward playing them. We'll see how we do tomorrow."

Jones surely would like to return to face Jake Odorizzi, having gone 8 for 20 with a homer against him.

Odorizzi has been tagged for seven homers in his last two outings at Camden Yards, where he's 1-2 with a 7.20 ERA.

The right-hander took a no-decision in his season debut Tuesday despite a solid outing in a 3-2 win over Toronto. He struck out 10 and gave up four hits in 5 2-3 innings, and one of the two runs he allowed was unearned because of his own throwing error.

Baltimore took Tampa Bay ace Chris Archer deep a career-worst four times Friday. Manny Machado homered for the second consecutive night, and Chris Davis connected on his second of the season. Both of them homered off Odorizzi last year.

Rookie Joey Rickard and offseason acquisition Mark Trumbo are off to 7-for-15 starts after each went 2 for 4 on Friday.

Davis, batting .326 with seven homers in his last 14 meetings with Tampa Bay, has 10 home runs in his last 19 contests at Camden Yards, where the Orioles have won nine straight.

Evan Longoria hit his first home run Friday for Tampa Bay (2-3), which has scored 10 of its 15 runs off homers. Longoria's long ball extended the team's record to 19 consecutive games with at least one, the majors' longest streak since Seattle's 23 in 2013.

The Rays' four other hits were all singles, and they've been limited to only nine walks with a .276 on-base percentage.

They'll be facing Vance Worley in his Orioles debut. A week ago, he wasn't sure if he'd be a starter or a reliever or even make the team.

"I'm just showing that I can do all the roles, so hopefully they see that," Worley said after his final spring outing.

Apparently he showed them enough to be named the No. 5 starter, having allowed one run in 7 1-3 innings over his last four spring appearances.

Since having a regular spot in Philadelphia's rotation in 2012, Worley has bounced back and forth between the majors and minors. His 2015 season included six weeks in Triple-A and 23 games with Pittsburgh, going 4-6 with a 4.02 ERA.

His only previous season in the AL was the worst of his career, going 1-5 with a 7.21 ERA in 10 starts with Minnesota in 2013. He's never faced Tampa Bay.


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