Baltimore Orioles defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 11-6

The Orioles packed their bags last night knowing that their challenge will be exponentially greater when they are at Fenway Park today to begin a three-game series with the first-place Boston Red Sox.

Still, no matter what lies ahead - and the pitching matchups suggest it could be a long weekend in Boston - the Orioles left town for the start of a nine-game road stretch with renewed confidence. They drew some satisfaction from a successful homestand in which their offen...

Offensive explosion

It started early for the Orioles, and the offensive firepower spread to the Devil Rays last night, as the teams combined for 17 runs. Those runs were not scored with small ball, either, as Orioles DH Kevin Millar and Devil Rays second baseman B.J. Upton traded 370-foot home runs to left field. Five of the Orioles' 11 runs came in the first inning, which featured Millar's three-run home run. Holding on to a slim lead late, the Orioles added three runs...