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About last night
Orioles pound Mariners, 10-4
Machado won't be a rookie next year
Jim Thome could be back in a week
Showalter optimistic Hammel can return
Monday's full scoreboard
NYY 83-63 --
BAL 83-64 0.5
TB 78-69 5.5
OAK 84-62 --
BAL 83-64 --
LAA 80-67 3
TB 78-69 5
DET 77-69 5.5
Chen pitched against the Mariners once this season -- and you may remember that in that game he flirted with a no-hitter. It will be key for Seattle to get something off Chen early tonight, just to avoid falling into a similar situation as last night's laugher.
Of the two hits Seattle got off Chen in that July 3 game at
Other games that matter
Red Sox (Doubront) at
Thought of the day
After they lost to the Red Sox last night, it's fair to ask: Are the Rays done?
It was just eight days ago, in this space, that we discussed the Rays having a 60.8 percent chance of making the postseason.
Well, now that number is down to 8.1 percent. That's right, based on the standing heading into tonight, Tampa will rally to make the playoffs just 8 out of 100 times, while the Orioles have an 80.1 percent chance of making it.
"I don't think by any means that we're in a good spot," third baseman
Based on how last year ended -- when the Rays were all but buried before one of the craziest sequences in baseball history unfolded -- it's still too early to say they're out of it.
But you have to think there's now a strong chance that in those final three games of this season, when the Orioles head to Tampa, the Rays might only be playing a spoiler role.
If that were to be the case, I wonder if
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