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Rays vs. Orioles, Game 3: A Fausto and a rubbermatch.

The Tampa Bay Rays rallied back to even the series Wednesday night, and send out Roberto Hernandez in the Thursday afternoon rubbermatch.


Matt Joyce and The Tampa Bay Rays atoned for their opening day letdown by playing one of the most exciting games in recent memory, Wednesday night. The 8-7 win over the Baltimore Orioles evened the series at 1-1 and in the process broke a number of lengthy narratives.

Fernando Rodney, perfect since last August, was scored on and blew a save. The Rays rallied from 4 runs down at home for the first time since game 162, 2011. In 2012, the Rays only won twice when allowing 6 runs. The Orioles, dazzling in 1-run ballgames in 2012, lost their first such affair in 2013. They also had not been suffered a walk-off defeat since 2011. If it wasn't clear before Wednesday, it is now evident that this is a whole new season.

Continuing the trend of firsts, the Rays will send Roberto Hernandez to the mound for today's 3:10 start, triggering a series of crazy game notes: From Mark Topkin, Hernandez is just the 16th different starting pitcher used by the Rays since 2008, 4 fewer than any other team in baseball; It also breaks a streak of 1,207 consecutive games started by non-free agent pitchers; in addition, the Rays streak of starting 1,060 games by a pitcher under 31 will end.


Rays: Jennings CF, Joyce LF, Zobrist RF, Longoria 3B, Duncan DH, Escobar SS, Loney 1B, Molina C, Roberts 2B

Orioles: McLouth LF, Machado 3B, Markakis RF, Jones CF, Davis 1B, Wieters C, Hardy SS, Flaherty DH, Roberts 2B


Roberto Hernandez (0-3, 7.53 ERA, 7.28 FIP) vs. Miguel Gonzalez (9-4, 3.25 ERA 4.38FIP)