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New lineup produces same result as Rays hand Orioles fifth straight loss

New lineup produces same result as Rays hand Orioles fifth straight loss

The Orioles’ first at-bat against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night was a fitting microcosm of how poorly things are going for this team right now. Manny Machado scorched a line drive to deep center field, a ball seemingly destined to go over the fence and give the Orioles a rare early lead. Machado watched while rounding first base as Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier jumped into the fence, extended his arm over it, and brought the ball back in for a harmless flyout. “This is how it’s going to start?” Machado said he thought to himself. “Oh man, that’s just the icing on the cake. That’s just how things are going around here, but, hey, he made...

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