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Relievers' rally railing foreshadows 13th-inning win

The Baltimore Sun

NEW YORK -- Relievers are usually a different breed. They spend most of the game together in the bullpen, where they make up their own activities to keep themselves occupied.

But what about when nearly all of the relievers are in the dugout going into the 13th inning?

Cameras caught Orioles players gathering in a circle in the dugout going into the 13th inning of the Orioles’ series-tying 2-1 win in game 4 last night. They later lined all of their hats in a row along the front railing of the dugout, a lineup of cartoon birds staring at the Yankees.

Just another day among the relievers.

Orioles right-hander Luis Ayala, the veteran of the Orioles relief satff, who pitched for the Yankees last season, apparently has created a series of rituals that the relievers perform at different times.

Some teams have rally caps. The Orioles bullpen has the rally railing.

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