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Tampa Bay Rays at Baltimore Orioles game preview

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TIME: Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET

The Baltimore Orioles were without two key bats, yet continued to march toward their best start in 46 years.

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They'll look to open 5-0 for the first time since 1970 on Saturday night against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

Baltimore is 4-0 for the second time in 20 seasons following Friday's 6-1 series-opening victory. It was another win without All-Star outfielder Adam Jones, who missed his second game with sore ribs. He told MLB's official website he expects to be back Saturday or Sunday and said he was available off the bench Friday if necessary.

"Just going to make sure that it's right," Jones said. "Take another day and see how it feels."

Shortstop J.J. Hardy also sat out after experiencing calf tightness Thursday.

In their absence, Baltimore took Tampa Bay ace Chris Archer deep a career-worst four times with Manny Machado homering for the second consecutive night, while Chris Davis connected on his second of the season and scored three runs.

Joey Rickard continued the sensational start to his career, going 2 for 4 while bating leadoff for the second straight game. He's 7 for 15 through his first four big league contests, while Mark Trumbo is also 7 for 15 after a 2-for-4 night.

"We're just trying to get in the groove, trying to get a feel for everybody and a feel for the lineup, and I think we're settling in," Machado said.

Davis, batting .326 with seven homers in his last 14 meetings with Tampa Bay, also has 10 home runs in his last 19 contests at Camden Yards, where the Orioles have won nine straight.

Evan Longoria hit his first home run for Tampa Bay (2-3), which continues to rely on the home run, accounting for 10 of the club's 15 runs. Longoria's long ball extended the team's record to 19 consecutive games with at least one, the majors' longest streak since Seattle's 23 in 2013.

The Rays' four other hits were all singles, and they've been limited to only nine walks with a .275 on-base percentage.

Temperatures may drop into the 20s and the forecast shows a chance of snow, making for a potentially challenging night for starters Drew Smyly and Mike Wright.

"It's no fun," Smyly told MLB's official website. "I don't think it's fun for anyone. You just have to suck it up. Once you're in the game, your adrenaline's going. The hardest part is warming up, getting ready for the game. But once you're in it, you just have to go out there and worry about the hitters."

Smyly (0-1, 6.75 ERA) struggled Monday against Toronto, giving up five runs, including four on three homers. He has held many of Baltimore's biggest bats in check, however, with Jones, Davis, Hardy, and Machado going a combined 7 for 52 against the left-hander.

Smyly is 4-0 with a 1.82 ERA in eight games - five starts - versus the Orioles.

Wright (3-5, 6.04 in 2015) makes his season debut for Baltimore. The right-hander broke into the majors with 14 1-3 scoreless innings in his first two starts in May, but went 1-5 with a 9.88 ERA in his final seven.

Besides 1970, the Orioles' only other 5-0 start came in 1944 when the franchise was known as the St. Louis Browns.