Tampa Bay Rays defeat Baltimore Orioles, 7-5

The Orioles appear destined to finish with the fifth-worst record in baseball - cue the derisive applause - which will position them for another prime pick in next year's draft.

The real good news: They've proved over the past two years that they know how to make the most of an early pick, as evidenced by the success of Matt Wieters during his first full professional season and the consensus around baseball that Brian Matusz was the most advanced pitcher in this year's dra...

Simon says: : In his first major league start in Game 2, Alfredo Simon, who spent most of the season in the Mexican League, pitched 7 2/3 outstanding innings. Simon frustrated Tampa Bay with his heavy fastball, which helped produce 12 ground-ball outs and six strikeouts. In his most recent Triple-A start Sept. 1, Simon allowed seven runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Bullpen blues: : After Simon allowed a solo homer to Evan Longoria, Trembley brought in Jamie Walker to...