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Latest news for Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles on 8/5/2022.

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"Hey!" Pat Narduzzi shouted to no one in particular, as he's wont to do. "That looked like Kenny Pickett, right?"

This was late Saturday night, somewhat symbolically, in the hallway between the separate locker rooms for Pitt and the Steelers at Hein ... oh, OK, Acrisure Stadium, where the NFL tenant had just put down the Seahawks, 32-25, in both teams' preseason opener, thanks to Pickett and Tyler Vaughns connecting for a 24-yard touchdown with three ticks left.

And yeah, Coach, I can't conceive of arguing that it looked like Kenny:

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It looked a lot like Kenny.

@Pirates7 H

We started a new Sunday series last week, looking at the progress of the Pittsburgh Pirates' 2022 draft picks. There was only one player to cover last week, so I gave an outline of when we can expect to see the 2022 picks to play.

There were plenty of debuts this week, including first round pick Termarr Johnson. Here's a look at each 2022 draft pick who has appeared in a game this season. They are sorted by draft round.

Termarr Johnson (1st round) - The fourth overall pick in the draft debuted on Tuesday.

@Pirates9 H

The Pittsburgh Pirates continued their year-long affliction of aversion to offense, as the San Francisco Giants jumped out to an early lead and didn't need much else except to let the Bucs continue their futility with runners on base.

Pittsburgh was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, one day after going 0-for-9 in Friday's defeat. That dropped their average on the season to .208 with RISP, which would be the worst tally in franchise history if it holds and the fifth-worst mark since 1901. Epically, historically, laughably bad.

Rodolfo Castro went 2-for-4 as your only multi-hit Buccos, as he continues to try to make up for the phone fiasco, but San Fran's Logan Webb cruised through the Bucco lineup for eight innings, fanning nine Pirates.

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Drew Rasmussen took a perfect game into the ninth inning, and the Tampa Bay Rays expanded their lead over Baltimore for the final AL wild card to 1 1/2 games with a 4-1 victory over the Orioles on Sunday.

Rasmussen allowed his first baserunner when Jorge Mateo doubled down the left-field line on the first pitch of the ninth. Mateo, who went 5 for 5 on Friday night, later scored on a Rasmussen wild pitch.

The right-hander struck out seven in the longest outing of his career. He threw 62 of 87 pitches for strikes.

"I'll take it," Rasmussen said.

@Orioles2 H

Well, that was a bummer.

The number of things riding on this game have been documented thoroughly, but for a quick recap. Today was the final game between the Orioles and Rays this season, with the Rays a half-game up on the Orioles in the wild card race. A win by the Orioles would have gotten them back into a playoff spot. It also would have given them a 9-8 edge on the season series which could be important in the event of a tiebreaker scenario. And, just for fun, it would have put the Orioles in third place in the American League East.

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Credit: Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images

All-Star Shane McClanahan stopped a two-start losing streak, working six solid innings as the Tampa Bay Rays moved back in front of the Baltimore Orioles in the AL wild-card race with an 8-2 victory on Saturday.

The benches and bullpens briefly emptied after Rays reliever Pete Fairbanks struck out Robinson Chirinos to end the eighth. Fairbanks was unhappy earlier in the at-bat when Chirinos was granted a late timeout, and he said something to the Orioles catcher when leaving the mound. Chirinos spun around and headed toward the pitcher.

"There was a late time call, I took offense," Fairbanks said.

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