by Tom Morgan
J.P. Arencibia hit a two-run homer and drove in six runs and the Rays put on a rare offensive display in an 11-2 rout of the Orioles at Camden Yards Tuesday night.
Arencibia teed off against the team that he spent spring training with back in April
Asdrubal Cabrera had two RBI's, while Brandon Guyer went 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored for Tampa Bay, which will go for the three-game sweep on Wednesday.
Drew Smyly struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings to move to 2-and-2.
Chris Davis launched a two-run homer in the ninth for the O's, who have lost 12 of 13.
Chris Tillman was rocked for seven runs in less than five innings as he dipped to 9-and-10.
In other state sports news...
- Miami dealt Atlanta its seventh straight loss as Justin Nicolino tossed seven shutout innings and Justin Bour belted a three-run homer to lead the Marlins past the Braves 7-1. Cuban defector Hector Olivera made his major league debut for the Braves. The touted Cuban defector went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
- The Dan Jennings experiment as manager won't be lasting too much longer. According to FOX Sports, once the season concludes the Marlins will move Jennings back to just the general manager role and hire a new field manager. The Marlins have struggled to a 54-and-79 record despite coming into the season with high expectations.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are trimming their roster to get down to the 75-man limit. They cut four players yesterday and placed defensive tackle Akeem Spence on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The Bucs must get down to the regular-season maximum of 53 players by Saturday.
- Punter Brandon Fields was released after eight seasons with the Miami Dolphins, who opted to go with Matt Darr, an undrafted rookie from Tennessee. Fields made the Pro Bowl in 2013, and his career average of 46-point-8 yards is the fourth-highest in NFL history.
- Jacksonville Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas is expected to miss the first three games of the regular season following hand surgery. The team said Tuesday that Thomas will have surgery Wednesday to repair ligament damage in his right hand. The decision came after Thomas got a second opinion.