Extra bases

Extra bases

• The Rays and the Orioles went into Friday night's contest tied for the lead in the American League East. It's been almost 20 years since the last time two teams were tied for first in the AL East this deep in the season that did not involve the Red Sox or Yankees. The last time was June 9, 1992 when the Blue Jays and Orioles were tied for first.

• Desmond Jennings (left-knee sprain) still has some soreness in the knee, but he is available for pinch-hitting duties and manager Joe Maddon said Jennings continues to be "day to day" for his next start. Jennings said that the lateral movements irritate the soreness more than anything.

• Entering Friday night's game, the Rays were Major League-best 13-3 at home (.813 winning percentage) and 7-9 (.438) on the road. According to Stats Inc., their .375 disparity between home and road winning percentage is the largest in the Major Leagues, ahead of the Dodgers (.800 at home, .500 on the road).