Rays face more extreme weather this weekend, this time in reverse

BALTIMORE, Md. — For a team that plays from the comfort of their 72-degree dome at home, the Tampa Bay Rays have had to deal with weather issues on the road. They get a new extreme this weekend in Baltimore.

The Rays played six straight games in Chicago in mid-April with temperatures in the 40s or lower. There were even snow showers one night at Wrigley Field. And during their four-game series in Seattle, temperatures were also in the 40s every game.

This weekend, the scenario is reversed. Expected high temperatures are in the high 90s all weekend. According to weather.com, it should be 91 on Friday, 96 on Saturday and 93 on Sunday.

The weather hasn’t affected the Rays’ road play so far. They were 6-4 in those 10 cold weather games and 4-2 in those great California days in Oakland and Anaheim.

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The Rays are 10-6 away from home, one of three American League teams with four or more games over .500. The New York Yankees (14-6) and Houston Astros (15-10) are the only two teams that have done better on the road.

The Rays (23-15) play the Orioles (15-24) Friday night and Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. ET. Sunday’s game is at 1:35 p.m.

The two teams opened the season together in St. Petersburg, with the Rays winning all three games. They went 18-1 against Baltimore last year and since August 25, 2020, they have amassed a 27-2 record against the Orioles.

The Rays have done well against foes the AL East so far this season, going 7-2 all at home. They are 3-0 against Baltimore and 2-1 against the Boston Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays. They will face the Yankees for the first time next week, with a four-game series at Tropicana Field beginning next Thursday.

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