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For starters: Rays at Orioles, looking to make it a six-pack of W’s

UPDATE, 6:05: LHP Jonny Venters said he was touched and a bit overwhelmed by all the people the reached out to congratulate him on his return to the majors for the first time since 2012. … Cash said Matt Duffy (right hamstring strain) is set to play third base for the Stone Crabs  tonight in Tampa and if all goes well could rejoin the Rays as soon as Friday. … Hitting coach Chad Mottola said being in more of a normal routine may be a reason for the improved offense.

Some news from the Orioles in that former Rays INF Tim Beckham had surgery today to repair core muscle issues and will be sidelined into June.

Here is the Orioles lineup:
Mancini lf
Peterson 2b
Machado ss
Jones cf
Davis 1b
Alvarez dh
Valencia 3b
Santander rf
Joseph c
Bundy p

DEVELOPING: The Rays take on the Orioles again tonight looking to extend their winning streak to six, which would be their longest since a nine-game streak under Joe Maddon in 2014.

And they will send their top starter, RHP Chris Archer, to the mound looking  to do so. Archer is coming off a solid start Friday against the Twins, but has has his problems pitching in Baltimore, with a 1-5, 6.69 mark in seven games at Camden Yards.

They are also on a team-record streak of scoring at least eight runs in four straight games, which they never did in their first 20 seasons. And they will stick with the same lineup that worked in Wednesday's 8-4 win.

Here is the Rays lineup:
Span lf
Cron 1b
Gomez rf
Miller dh
Robertson 3b
Wendle 2b
Ramos c
Smith cf
Hechavarria ss
Archer p

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