Baltimore Orioles defeat Tampa Bay Rays, 7-5

Seemingly every few days this early season, young Orioles center fielder Adam Jones does something to highlight his continuing maturation as a baseball player.

It happened in a big way Tuesday, when the 23-year-old had his first career multi-homer game in a 7-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

His solo home run in the first was on a dipping curveball from Rays starter Andy Sonnanstine (1-4) that he yanked 396 feet. Jones came back in the second with a three-run blast - h...


The Orioles scored five times in the second inning, but it could have been more. Lou Montanez, trying to score from second on Gregg Zaun's no-out single, was thrown out at the plate. Then with the bases loaded out and one out, Brian Roberts singled. A run scored, but Cesar Izturis was forced out at second when it appeared he would have been safe had he slid. The next batter, Adam Jones, homered.


The first pitch was delayed before the top of ...

The Orioles got about the best news possible on the health of designated hitter Luke Scott, as a magnetic resonance imaging taken Monday revealed just a sprain in his left rotator cuff and not a tear as Scott had originally feared.

"I'm very thankful," said Scott, who hurt his shoulder sliding back into first base to beat a pickoff throw in the first inning Sunday. "God answered my prayers, so I'm happy."

With his arm in a sling, Scott acknowledged after Sunday's gam...