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Time to stick it to the Orioles for three straight.

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The Rays beat the Yankees yesterday to split their road trip 3-3. Steven Souza Jr. knocked two long balls on his birthday. Birthdays are the extra 2%. We need more birthdays.

The Orioles visit Tropicana Field for the next three days. This is a big opportunity to close in on the AL East leaders. After starting the season 7-0, they are 4-6 over their last 10. Prediction: Chris Archer returns to form and the bats stay hot against victim Kevin Gausman to give Archer his first win and much needed quality start of the season.

Twitter Roundup:

Drew Smyly is pretty good:

I guess we need Lucroy to compete:

Rays offense getting hot:

Links:

Voting for the All Star Game opened yesterday!

- Notes on Guyer's HBP tendencies.

This leader board shows 3 Rays starters not named Chris Archer in the top 19 pitchers in the AL. Will the Rays have an effective Archer and Erasmo Ramirez to add to that soon?

- RHP Jhan Marinez debuted for the Rays yesterday out of the bullpen and he still has his 96 mph velocity 4 years after his last MLB appearance.