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Tuesday, August 20th (All times Eastern)

Tampa Bay Rays (71-52) at Baltimore Orioles (67-57), 7:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Tampa Bay - Alex Cobb (7-2, 2.94) Baltimore - Miguel Gonzalez (8-5, 3.84)

(Sports Network) - Right-hander Alex Cobb aims for a 10th straight unbeaten start on Tuesday night when the playoff hungry Tampa Bay Rays visit Camden Yards for the second of three games with the Baltimore Orioles.

The Rays hold the No. 1 slot in the AL's Wild Card playoff chase, which they hold by a half-game over Oakland and 4 1/2 games over the Orioles.

Tampa Bay is just a game out of first place in the AL's East Division, where they trail the Boston Red Sox. The Orioles are third in the East as well, 5 1/2 games behind the Red Sox.

In Monday night's opener, David Price didn't put forth a vintage performance, but one still good enough to help the Rays escape with a 4-3 win.

Working out of several jams, the reigning AL Cy Young Award recipient held the Orioles to two runs despite surrendering 10 hits over a stressful five innings. The effort improved Price (7-5) to 6-1 in 10 starts since returning from the disabled list on July 2.

Jake McGee and Fernando Rodney combined for 2 1/3 scoreless frames to protect the one-run lead, with Rodney finishing out the ninth for his 28th save.

Baltimore squandered opportunities all evening long en route to their fifth loss in seven games. The Orioles recorded 15 hits, including three each from Matt Wieters, Danny Valencia and J.J. Hardy, but left 15 men on base.

The Rays made better use of their chances, getting a two-run homer from Matt Joyce and a solo blast out of Evan Longoria that helped deny Chris Tillman his 15th victory of the season. Both players finished with two hits in the triumph, Tampa Bay's fifth in six outings.

The teams entered the series in a flat-footed 135-135 tie in their all-time series, which began in 1998. The Rays won seven of the first 12 games with the Orioles in 2013, including two of three in Florida when they last met from June 7 to 9.

Cobb, a 25-year-old from Boston, was 3-2 on the season after dropping an 8-2 decision at Kansas City on April 30, but he's been unblemished since - winning four decisions in nine starts while the Rays have gone 7-2 with him on the mound.

He boosted his record to 7-2 on Aug. 15 against Seattle with five innings of three-hit, one-run ball in a 7-1 defeat of the Mariners at Tropicana Field.

He last faced Baltimore in his final start of 2012 and earned his 11th win of the season with seven innings of two-hit ball in a 5-3 triumph.

In two career meetings with the Orioles, he's allowed just three runs in 11 2/3 innings and has held Baltimore batters to a .209 average.

He's opposed by second-year Dominican righty Miguel Gonzalez, who'll try for the fifth time for a first win since July 20.

The 29-year-old improved to 8-3 on the season with a 7-4 defeat of the Texas Rangers, but has since gone 0-2 in four starts while watching his ERA climb half a run from 3.34 to 3.84.

He was ripped for six runs and nine runs in consecutive starts against Kansas City and Houston on July 25 and 31, and has since gotten no-decisions in August outings against San Diego and Arizona.

In six career meetings with Tampa Bay, Gonzalez is 2-1 with a 3.97 ERA in 34 innings.

08/20 10:30:17 ET

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Local
Final
CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
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MIA 94
CHA 93
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MIA 94
CHA 93
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MEM 107
LAC 91
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BOS 88
POR 94
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OKC 86
GSW 91
3rd
LAL 75
DEN 70
 
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GMAS 60
COC 61
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FSU 69
UMASS 75
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SHSU 53
WOFF 64
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UNCG 67
YOUNG 76
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CMICH 75
ARKPB 43
 
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ILLCH 60
SILL 67
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MORE 46
AMER 51
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CORN 59
DREX 61
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CCST 60
COOK 65
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ARKLR 94
CSNO 88
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LEH 44
CLMB 54
 
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USB 89
MERMAR 54
 
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NMU 51
TEXAM 64
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STLU 56
TAMCC 62
 
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FAIR 80
SD 72
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EMICH 79
LONG 48
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ND 74
PROV 75
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RAD 88
CATAWBA 52
 
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DEN 80
COPST 54
 
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UAB 58
JST 50
 
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WICHS 105
NWM 57
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OKLA 90
NWST 68
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KSU 59
YALE 66
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CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
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NCSU 68
SFLA 65
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UCR 102
STKAT 49
 
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PSU 63
USC 61
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HC 101
NICHOLSCOL 70
 
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BC 53
DAY 65
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MON 75
TOWS 79
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HOF 93
WAGN 71
 
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CIN 54
EILL 49
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UGA 74
FATL 61
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BRAD 58
NCAT 50
 
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LATU 76
PBY 48
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RUTG 76
Terriers 73
 
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SAMF 64
UMKC 55
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NAVY 70
BING 68
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SHU 85
GWEBB 67
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UNT 58
IONA 78
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KENT 86
MNTST 28
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FORD 57
MLOWELL 64
 
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UCF 76
USCU 69
 
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SCAR 63
AKR 68
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WVU 78
UCONN 68
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CALST 70
DEL 52
 
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HOW 78
HOOD 51
 
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OSU 106
SHU 48
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VANDY 78
TENST 46
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NE 65
MAN 51
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COLST 75
MERC 62
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MISS 80
NARZ 74
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WASH 76
PAC 69
 
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LMU 82
SDCHR 60
 
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CHAR 58
MIAMI 77
 
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GAELS 72
UCI 69
 
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ILLST 64
ODU 45
 
2nd
UCLA 52
LBSU 40
 
1st
SEAT 26
MONT 28
 
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WIN 2
STL 4
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NYR 5
MON 0
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ANA 2
ARI 1
2nd Intermission
VAN 1
CHI 1
 
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HOU 13
CIN 22
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ATL 24
CLE 26
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NEP 34
DET 9
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MIN 21
GBP 24
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IND 23
JAC 3
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CHI 21
TAM 13
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PHI 43
TEN 24
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SEA 19
ARI 3
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SDC 27
STL 24
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DEN 39
MIA 36
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SFX 17
WAS 13
4th
NYG 21
DAL 24