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Extra bases

• Rays pitchers took batting practice on the field for the first time this season Wednesday when they grabbed the lumber prior to the Rays-Orioles contest at Camden Yards. David Price said he was the only one of the pitchers to go deep, which he did twice.

"It's always fun when we get to go out there and hit on a Major League field," Price said. "That's a lot of fun for us pitchers, especially pitching in the American League. We don't get to do that too often. So when we get our chance to go out there and swing, we have a lot of fun with it -- particularly when you hit a few home runs."

• Evan Longoria entered Wednesday night's action as one of nine Major League players to reach base safely in every one of his team's games. There have been only four longer streaks to start the season in Rays history. Rocco Baldelli holds the team record after reaching base in the first 24 games in 2003.

• Tuesday night Desmond Jennings hit the first pitch of the game for a home run. It was just the 13th time a Rays player had homered on the first pitch of a game.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for
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