The Washington Post

Mancini’s inside job is a possible goodbye

ORIOLES 3, RAYS 0

- BY NATHAN RUIZ — Baltimore Sun

baltimore — The ball sailed into right field, carrying but not quite deep enough. Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Josh Lowe camped under it, prepared to catch what could prove to be the last flyball at Camden Yards of Trey Mancini’s Baltimore Orioles tenure.

Then the sun peeked out from the clouds, and Lowe lost sight of the ball. It caromed off him toward the first base line, and off Mancini went, following Austin Hays home for the first inside-the-park home run at Oriole Park in nearly 11 years.

Mancini’s hustle on his two-run shot gave the Orioles a 3-0 lead, and they held on to take three of four games from Tampa Bay in a key series before Tuesday’s trade deadline. Mancini, who is expected to be a free agent this offseason, is a candidate to be dealt, even with the Orioles in playoff contention.

“I hope I get to stick around and still be a part of this team,” Mancini said after the win. “But I understand how the business works, and I don’t really have a say in it. I’m just going to go out there every day and keep playing for this team.”

Mancini’s timely flyball provided two key insurance runs on a day the Orioles’ bullpen was thin. Veteran starting pitcher Jordan Lyles got one run of support — a third-inning RBI double by Anthony Santander — and he made it stand up, working around three hits and four walks in 52/ frames.

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Cionel Pérez and Bryan Baker combined for two scoreless innings in relief of Lyles, and with closer Jorge López unavailabl­e after pitching the past two days, Félix Bautista recorded the final four outs for his third save.

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