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Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune and TBO.com. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald.

Rays open road trip with doubleheader

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BALTIMORE — The Rays kickoff this 11-game, 10-day, three-city road trip today with a day/night doubleheader against the Orioles at Camden Yards.

The Rays will reach the midpoint of the season after the first game.

If they win, they will improve to 33-48 and have their worst record after 81 games since 2007, when they were also 33-48.

If they lose, it will be their worst record at the midway point since 2005 when those Devil Rays were 27-54.

If the Rays score four or fewer runs today, they will reach the 81-game mark with less than 300 runs for the first time in team history. The record for fewest runs scored during the first half of the season is 300, set in 1998.

RHP Alex Colome, called up from Triple A Durham and added to the roster because of the doubleheader, will start the first game. Jake Odorizzi is slated to start the nightcap.

SS Yunel Escobar is not in this afternoon’s lineup because of a sore right shoulder. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was not sure if Escobar could play tonight. Maddon added he does not think the injury will send Escobar to the disabled list.

C Ryan Hanigan, who missed the last two games with a stiff neck, will catch tonight. Maddon wants C Jose Molina working with Colome in the first game.

The Rays are starting two rookies in a doubleheader for the second time in team history. The first was June 18, 2013, when Chris Archer and Odorizzi faced the Red Sox in Boston. The Rays were swept during that doubleheader made famous by the major league debut of RF Wil Myers.

The last time a pair of rookies beat the Orioles in a doubleheader was Aug. 15, 1955, when Johnny Kucks and Rip Coleman did it for the Yankees.

Here are the lineups:

RAYS

Jennings CF

Kiermaier RF

Zobrist SS

Longoria 3B

Loney 1B

Guyer LF

Joyce DH

Rodriguez 2B

Molina C

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Colome RHP (0-0, 4.50)

ORIOLES

Markakis RF

Pearce LF

Jones CF

Davis 1B

Cruz DH

Hardy SS

Machado 3B

Schoop 2B

Joseph C

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Gausman RHP (3-1, 2.74)

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