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Perfect For 8 Innings, Rays Settle For 4-1 Win Over Orioles

BALTIMORE (AP) — Zipping through the Baltimore Orioles’ lineup with incredible ease, Ryan Yarbrough was blissfully unaware of his role in a potentially historic performance until the Tampa Bay Rays left-hander was deep into the finest outing of his baseball career.

After taking over for Ryne Stanek in the third inning Sunday, Yarbrough was poised to be part of the major leagues’ first combined perfect game.

“I was so locked in, not until I went out there in the eighth to warm up and I heard a kid yell, ‘Don’t blow it,’ did I realize what the situation was,” Yarbrough said.